Analytical Study of Drinking Water Quality Sources of Dighri Sub-division of Sindh, Pakistan

Journal of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences (JEAS). Memon et al., 2016. Volume 8: 38-44

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Analytical Study of Drinking Water Quality Sources of Dighri Sub-division of Sindh, Pakistan
Amjad Hussain Memon 1, a,*, Gul Muneer Lund 1,2, a, Naseem Aslam Channa 1, Muhammad Younis 3, Sajjad Ali Shah 4, Fahim Buriro 1
1 Institute of Biochemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan.
2 School of Life Sciences, Northeast Normal University, Changchun130024, P.R China.
3 The Key Laboratory of Development Genes and Human Diseases, Institute of Life Sciences, Southeast University, Sipailou 2, Nanjing, 210096, P.R China
4 Department of Fresh Water Biology and Fisheries, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan

Abstract: Water contamination is one of the serious problems to human health, particularly in Sindh province of Pakistan. The present research work carried out to analyze physical, chemical and microbiological parameters of drinking water collected from different sources of taluka Dighri, district Mirpurkhas, Sindh, Pakistan. In total 200 water samples were collected from branches, hand-pump, open well and water supply schemes of more than 100 villages of three Union Councils (UC), including UC Sofaan Shah, UC Tando Jan Muhammad, UC Mir Khuda Bux in Dighri Taluka. Previously, no work has been reported related to this area. The results of this study showed that drinking water sources readily available to the residents of Dighri taluka were not fit in accordance with the standards of World Health Organization (WHO). Turbidity observed in order of ground water>water canals>open wells. Electric conductance (EC) and total dissolved solids/salts (TDS) observed beyond WHO limits, and pH level fluctuated between 7.4 to 8.2 showed slight saline nature of drinking water sources. One-third of all water samples were contaminated with Escherichia coli colonies. The level of arsenic in drinking water sources of Soofan Shah UC found 10 times higher than the WHO permissible range, and Health Quotient (HQ) chronic observed more than upper threshold limit reflects seriousness of the contamination level, and its health impacts on local residents.

a Both authors contributed equally.

Keywords: Drinking Water, Dighri, Sindh, Physicochemical, Microbial, Water Quality

*Corresponding author:  Amjad Hussain Memon

Cite this article as Memon, A.H., G.M. Lund, N.A. Channa, M. Younis, S.A. Shah and F. Buriro. 2016. Analytical Study of Drinking Water Quality Sources of Dighri Sub-division of Sindh, Pakistan. Journal of Environmental & Agricultural Sciences. 8: 38-44. [Abstract] [View FullText] [Citations].

Title: Analytical Study of Drinking Water Quality Sources of Dighri Sub-division of Sindh, Pakistan

Authors: Amjad Hussain Memon, Gul Muneer Lund, Naseem Aslam Channa, Muhammad Younis, Sajjad Ali Shah and Fahim Buriro

Pages: 38-44

Copyright © Memon et al., 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium provided the original author and source are appropriately cited and credited.


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