Assessment of ground water quality from near municipal solid waste dumping sites of Cuddalore –Tamil Nadu
K Arul Jothi, B Geetha
Solid waste Disposal and management is both an urban and rural problem. Every person is a potential generator of waste and thus a contributor to this problem. To generate waste is one thing, the type of waste generated is another and yet also the way the generated waste is managed or disposal of is quite a different issue. This study carried out in Cuddalore district in Tamilnadu. The quality of water bodies depends on their chemical and microbial characteristics. In most of the countries solid wastes are being dumped on land in open without adopting any sanitary land filling practices or treatments. The areas near land fill sites have a greater possibility of water sources contamination due to potential pollution. In present investigation the water samples (both ground and surface) were collected from near the landfill sites of Cuddalore and its adjacent area to study the impact of water quality. The attempts were made to focus on the impacts of solid waste dumping on the water quality at various locations. The water samples collected were analyzed using standard methods to asses the quality the parameters like pH = 6.5 – 8.5, hardness 600mg/L etc., were found higher then prescribed Indian standard for drinking water specification IS 10500 : 1991. The results reveal that the both ground and surface water contamination is more frequent in the near landfill sites.