ASSESSMENT OF CHEMICAL QUALITY OF GROUNDWATER IN THE EQUIVALENTS OF BHABHAR AND TARYAI BELTS OF JAMMU DISTRICT, J&K

Priya Kanwar, Rachna Bhatti

Abstract


The Kandi and Sirowal belts are the equivalents of Bhabhar and Taryai Belts of Indo Gangetic Plains in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. These belts together comprise the outer plains of Jammu and Kashmir which extends throughout Jammu and Kathua districts. In Jammu district Kandi and Sirowal belts occupy more than 75% of the area of district viz 2000 sq.km.

This paper deals with the study of results of chemical analysis of 44 Water samples collected during pre- monsoon of 2009. The analysis of these water samples reveals there is predominance of Ca and Mg ions which not only makes the water hard but also contributes to the Ca-Mg-HCO3 type of water in the Kandi and Sirowal Belts of the district. Except for nitrate and fluoride at some places all other constituents are found to be in the permissible limits of BIS. The suitability of ground water for irrigation purpose suggests that water from about 28 dugwells is suitable as these falls in C2S1 category, 16 are under doubtful class and 1 sample is unsuitable.


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