A STUDY OF PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF DRINKING WATER OF BALH TEHSIL, DISTRICT MANDI, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA

Authors

Sunali Mahajan, Anu Shree Gupta & S.C. Chauhan
School of Sciences, Abhilashi University, Chailchowk Mandi, Himachal Pradesh – 175028 (INDIA)

Abstract

Water is an important natural resource for the survival and sustenance of the living organisms. Its importance ranges from domestic, industrial to irrigation activities. Deterioration of the purity of water by the anthropogenic activities like urbanization, population growth, industrial production, climate change, agriculture is increasing also in Himachal Pradesh. Balh Tehsil, District Mandi makes up one of the developed zones of Himachal Pradesh with increased use of water for drinking and agriculture with the use of composts, fertilizers and pesticides. With the aim to study the physico-chemical characteristics of drinking water for public, water samples from ten sites were collected and analyzed for different characteristics (Colour, Odour, Temperature, pH, Turbidity, TDS, TSS, Conductivity, Total hardness and Alkalinity). Season-wise results revealed that the mean values of most of the characteristics were within the BIS/ WHO permissible standards in all the seasons.