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Groundwater quality and its change over a decade: An analysis of a coastal urban environment from the west coast of India

Title:Groundwater quality and its change over a decade: An analysis of a coastal urban environment from the west coast of India
Authors:Rajesh R. and Murthy T. R. S.
Publication:Environmental Geology / Springer-Verlag
Enumeration:Vol. 45, No. 7, pp. 978 - 981
Abstract:Mangalore, one of the fastest growing cities along the west coast of India has witnessed a leap in industrialisation and urbanisation during the last decade. This study focuses on the quality of the groundwater of Mangalore city. The results are compared with an earlier study to record the change in water quality over a decade. HCO3 and Na were found exceeding the highest desirable limit of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Indian Standards Institute (ISI) standards for drinking water. The pH values at seven localities are not within the limits prescribed by WHO or ISI (highest desirable level or maximum permissible level). The present study shows that there has been an enrichment of chemical constituents during the last decade and that the Gurupur River, which flows parallel to the coast, plays an important role in impeding saltwater intrusion along the coast.

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