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Impact of Dyeing Industry Effluent on Groundwater Quality by Water Quality Index and Correlation Analysis

David Noel S* and Rajan MR
Department of Biology, Gandhigram Rural Institute-Deemed University, Gandhigram-624302, Tamilnadu, India
Corresponding Author : David Noel S
Research Scholar, Department of Biology
Gandhigram Rural Institute-Deemed University
Gandhigram-624302, Tamilnadu, India
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Received September 16, 2014; Accepted October 31, 2014; Published November 10, 2014
Citation: David Noel S, Rajan MR (2014) Impact of Dyeing Industry Effluent on Groundwater Quality by Water Quality Index and Correlation Analysis. J Pollut Eff Cont 2:126. doi:10.4172/2375-4397.1000126
Copyright: © 2014 David Noel S, et al. 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 credited.
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Ground water from Chinnalapatti, TamilNadu, India, was collected from the habitations at the vicinity of dyeing industries to study the impact of dyeing industry effluent on ground water quality. Physico-chemical parameters, namely EC, pH, Total hardness, Ca, Mg, Na, Cl, TDS, Potassium and Sulphate were analyzed and compared with drinking water standard. pH, Ca and Mg were within the desirable and permissible limit of drinking, whereas sulphate, Sodium and Potassium were within the desirable limit only. Water Quality Index was calculated to assess the level of pollution and it is 61, indicating the pollution rate of ground water between slight and moderate. Correlation of various physico-chemical parameters with EC, TDS, and Total hardness was also calculated to establish the nature of relationship between them. EC is positively correlated with sodium, similarly TDS and Total hardness are positively correlated with calcium.

Physico-chemical parameters; WQI; Correlation and regression; Water pollution; Standard deviation
EC: Electrical conductivity; Na: Sodium; Ca: Calcium; Cl: Chloride; Mg: Magnesium; TDS: Total soluble solids; WQI: Water quality index; SPSS: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences; BIS: Bureau of Indian standard
Environmental pollution is a global phenomenon because of its adverse effects on human health, plants, animals and exposed materials [1]. Industrialization and urbanization are greatly attributed to the pollution issues. Because, a large number of organic and industrial effluents has been introduced into the environment that has increased water and land pollution problems manifold. Water pollution due to dyeing industry is the matter of great concern since large quantity of effluent is discharged into the water bodies. Central pollution control board has listed the dyeing industry as one of the heavily polluting industries [2]. The dye effluent is highly toxic in nature as it contains high suspended solid, COD, dye and chemicals along with high concentration of heavy metals like Cu, Cd, Zn Ni and Pb. The dye effluent contaminates the surface and ground water, thereby, making it unfit for irrigation and drinking [3]. The dye effluent contains certain chemicals that could be toxic, carcinogenic or mutagenic to living organisms [4]. The study area Chinnalapatti is located in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, there are around 80 to100 dyeing units running in the township. Most of the dyeing units discharge the untreated effluent into the land which ultimately pollutes the ground water and makes it unfit for drinking. The main objective of the present investigation was to assess the water quality index of ground water and to interpret the water quality of ground water by a statistical calculation called correlation co-efficient.
Materials and Methods
Study area
Chinnalapatti is a town at Dindigul district of Tamilnadu,India, geographically lies between 10.3000°N latitude and 77.9300ºE longitude. The basin is characterized by an undulating topography with hills in the southern parts. The highest elevation in this area is Sirumalai that is 1350m (amsl).Ground water mostly occurs in the weathered as well as in the fractured zones, which are unconfined, semiconfined and confined conditions [5]. These aquifer conditions may change rapidly and vary over a wide range from place to place. The thickness of the weathered/ fractured zone varies even over a small region. The shallow aquifers are in phreatic condition, which may not be a stable source for large demands of ground water, but the deeper aquifers are partly confined, i.e., they are being recharged from the shallow unconfined aquifers through dug – cum bore wells/bore wells [6].
Ground water sampling and analysis
Ground water samples were collected in clean plastic containers 2L capacity from March to December 2012. The samples were immediately transferred to the laboratory and analyzed for various physico-chemical parameters, namely EC, pH, Total Hardness, Ca, Mg, Na, Cl, TDS, Potassium and Sulphate, using standard methods [7]. Mean, standard deviation and correlation study were calculated using SPSS software.
Water Quality Index of the collected effluent was calculated to arrive at the level of pollution. The standards for drinking water recommended [8] by BIS for the 10 parameters chosen for the analysis along with the assigned weights [9]. Water Quality Index calculation was carried out as per Harton, as modified by Tiwari [10]. Weights (wi) were assigned to various water parameters which ranged from 1 to 4. According to the role of various parameters on the overall quality of water, the rating scales were fixed. For example, sodium, chloride and sulphate were important parameters in dye industry effluent and hence 4 and 3 were assigned. The other parameters were assigned according to their importance and incidence in irrigation water. Even if they were present, they might not be the ruling factor. Hence they were assigned low weights. The weight (wi) for the ith parameter (i=1,2 ........10 in our case) was calculated. The rating scales for the 10-water quality parameters considered here. Each parameter has been divided into 5 intervals according to the ranges. The quality index (qi) is corresponding to each range (varying from 0 to 100) and the extent of pollution corresponding to various value ranges, in descriptive terms.
qi-100-Ideal limit (BIS)
0-Severe value (BIS)
Other ratings, namely qi – 25, 50 and 75 are intermediate scales between ideal and severe values of BIS for irrigation water. The Water Quality Index (WQI) is the aggregate of the multiplication of qi and wi of the ith parameters. Based on WQI value the quality status is assigned, i.e. If WQI is 75-100 the parameters are in “ideal” limit.
Results and Discussion
The minimum, maximum, mean and standard deviation values generated from the analysis of the 16 samples are presented in Table 1. The data was compared with drinking water guidelines of India ISI, WHO [11,12] and tabulated in Table 2. It was observed that pH of ground water was between 6.2 and 7.7 and met drinking water criteria. EC and TDS are important parameters to measure the salinity hazard of water. EC in the present study varies between 908-1800 μhos/cm. As per the classification of water samples by Richards [13] presented in Table 3, 62.5% of samples fell under high salinity range. David Noel et al [14] reported that EC of ground water in Chinnalapatti was 1200 μmhos. TDS values varied between 871-1628 mg/l. Groundwater classification based on TDS given by Davis [15] is presented in Table 4. This table clearly shows that only 31.25% of total samples are permissible for drinking and no samples are desirable for drinking. TDS concentration was high due to the presence of bicarbonates, carbonates, sulphates and chlorides of calcium [16] and TDS value of 500 mg/l is the desirable limit and water containing more than 500 mg/l causes gastrointestinal and irritation [17]. High value of TDS influences the taste, hardness and corrosive property of the water [18]. Chloride in the present study ranged between 210-391 mg/l. 37.5% of samples exceeded the desirable limit of drinking. Calcium and magnesium salts are essential plant nutrients and their concentration play a vital role in reducing sodium hazard [19]. Calcium in the present study varied between 57-92 mg/l Magnesium varied between 20 and 44 mg/l. Mg occurs in lesser concentration than calcium due to the fact that the dissolution of Mg rich minerals is slow process and that Ca is more abundant in the earth crust [20]. All the samples of Ca and Mg were within the desirable and permissible level of drinking as per ISI 1991 and WHO1993 classification of drinking water. Sulphate in the ground water was found in the range 82-171 mg/l. All the samples are within the desirable limit for drinking. Among the Cations Sodium is most dominant in water. In the present study Sodium varied between 4.24 and 6.34 mg/l within the desirable range of drinking. Potassium in the samples ranged between 0.23 and 1.70 mg/l that is within the desirable range of drinking. Total hardness of the samples ranged between 274 and 392 mg/l According to classification of water based on Total hardness proposed by [21] presented in Table 5, 62.5% of samples are very hard water type. The Water Quality Index (WQI) of the ground water was 61 that indicates the pollution level between slight and moderate and presented in Table 6.
Correlation analysis
Correlation coefficient analysis is useful for interpreting groundwater quality data and relating them to specific hydro geological processes. The correlation of EC, TDS and Total hardness with different constituents of 16 water samples has been calculated and correlation matrix is represented in Table 7. There existed significant positive correlation of EC with pH r=4.72 and sodium r=0.69, TDS with calcium r=0.58 and Total hardness with calcium r=0.41 and potassium r=0.40 (Figures 1-5). However, significant negative correlation of EC with chloride r=0.0002, TDS with EC r=0.021 and Total hardness with EC r=-0.28. These results indicate that pH sodium and magnesium shows major contribution than other physico-chemical constituents towards causing salinity in ground water. Cyanobacterial species were isolated from textile industry effluent and identified as Anabaena variabilis, Oscillatoria salina, Nostoc muscorum and Lyngbya majusculai.
EC of water samples 2 and 14 have high salinity. Other samples also have high EC values unfit for drinking. Though the variation is less it is worth mentioning that the reason behind this may be continuous discharge of the chemicals and salts along with dyes from industries. Very high level of Total hardness gives an alarm to the future utility of ground water for drinking and irrigation purpose. No water samples are desirable for drinking as per the classification of water based on TDS by Davis and Dewiest. The ground water contamination of the investigated sites was due to dyeing industrial discharge of the effluent onto the land from Chinnalapatti town. Other geological factors such as soil porosity, permeability and the nature of rocks are also attributed to the ground water pollution. EC is positively correlated with sodium. Similarly TDS and Total hardness are positively correlated with calcium. Therefore it is inferred that enriched caustic soda and sodium chloride salts are added excessively during the dyeing process.


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