WATER QUALITY OF MALAPRABHA RIVER WITH REFERENCE TO PHYSICOCHEMICAL FACTORS NEAR KHANAPUR TOWN OF BELGAUM DISTRICT
Associate Professor, Dept. of Zoology., K.L.E.Societyâs R.L.Sc.Institute, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
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River Malaprabha is the one of the prominent rivers of Krishna basin. The total catchment area at Khanapur is about 520 sq km. River originates in the Western Ghat at Kanakumbi village. It flows towards east and confluence with river Krishna at Kudalasangam. The monitoring of water quality of Malaprabha river was carried out for one year from June 2011 to May 2012. Two sampling points were selected, one at upstream of Khanapur and another at downstream of Khanapur town. The collected water samples were analysed by following standard methods. Parameters such as pH, temperature, were measured at site. It is very clear that at the first site all the parameters were well below the permissible limits. But at down stream point chloride , BOD are above the permissible limits and DO in monsoon months were recorded less but within the permissible limits.