International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences


International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
2021, Vol. 3, Issue 3
Determination of surface water quality around thermal power plant based on water quality index and physicochemical characteristics

Pallavi D Nasare, Mahendra Thakre

Coal fires thermal power plants in India are the major sources of power required for the development of the nation. In spite of availability of pollution control technologies in India, the thermal power plants in many states are polluting the air, water and soil, and also leading to loss of property and lives. Khaparkheda thermal power plant in Nagpur District of Maharashtra showed repeated fly ash pond breaches and pollution of Kanhan River, groundwater, air and farm lands. There is a Stream flowing by the side of fly ash pond which receives the fly ash through the overflow of fly ash pond or by accidental breach of fly ash pond. This Stream carries the fly ash to the Kanhan River polluting it. Apart from this, there are other sources of pollution such as wastewater from villages and upstream industries. The present study was undertaken to study the sources of fly ash pollution and the status of pollution of Kanhan River and Stream. The observations have shown the higher turbidity, higher COD and BOD values and presence of some toxic metals in Kanhan River and Stream. The estimated Water Quality Index (WQI) indicated that the upstream part of Kanhan River was excellent for drinking and domestic purpose while the downstream part of Kanhan River was not suitable for drinking purpose. The WQI of Stream showed that the stream water was not suitable for drinking and domestic purpose.
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Pallavi D Nasare, Mahendra Thakre. Determination of surface water quality around thermal power plant based on water quality index and physicochemical characteristics. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 181-189
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