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Physicochemical Study of Kanhan River Water Receiving Fly Ash Disposal Waste Water of Khaperkheda Thermal Power Station, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, Arts, Commerce and Science College, Koradi, Dist Nagpur 441 111, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Microbiology, Arts, Commerce and Science College, Koradi, Dist Nagpur 441 111, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (9), Pages 10-15, September,22 (2013)


Fly ash resulting from coal- based thermal power plants is one of the alarming and continuously increasing sources of pollution leading to degradation of soil, water and air. Fly ash generated from thermal power plant and industrial waste discharged into the streams or dumped into surrounding land causes serious water and soil pollution problems. In the present study various parameters were studied to monitor the pollution of Kanhan River water due to water runoff from ash bund of Khaparkheda Thermal Power Station. These parameters produce various effects on environment and human being therefore their presence in water body is matter of concern. Values of conductivity, total dissolved solids, turbidity, chemical oxygen demand, alkalinity, hardness, and chlorides were very high in side stream water than the desirable values for drinking water. Concentration of copper, cadmium, zinc, lead, mercury and arsenic metals were observed within normal range posing no threats of pollution of heavy metals in water due to ash bund.


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