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A short period assessment of water physicochemical characteristics of Hooghly river, West Bengal, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept. of Zoology, Government G.D. College, Singur, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India–712409
  • 2Bidhannagar College, EB -2, Sector-1, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 064, WB, India
  • 3Bidhannagar College, EB -2, Sector-1, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 064, WB, India
  • 4Bidhannagar College, EB -2, Sector-1, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 064, WB, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 6, Issue (2), Pages 1-6, February,22 (2017)


A systematic study has been conducted to assess the water quality of Hooghly river at Shyamnagar, from September 2015 to March 2016. The site is densely populated as well as one of the important industrial belt of West Bengal. Water samples were collected fortnightly from four sampling stations and Dissolved oxygen (DO), free carbon dioxide (free CO2) and pH were determined. Study revealed a significant inverse relation between DO and free CO2.Moreover, water pH also found to alter with the level of free carbon dioxide. Overall assessment of alkalinity (263.485±15.69 ppm) and salinity (51.47±2.41 ppm) indicated the levels within acceptable limit. Whereas, turbidity (70.378±7.36 NTU) of Hooghly river water was above the acceptable limit and was probably due to silt and also industrial effluents, sewage, as well as partly and fully decomposed organic matters received during the long journey of Ganga and finally these materials are flown through Hooghly river and water in this region is more turbid than the upper stream. Study also revealed that river water of this area have moderate hardness as well as Ca and Mg level with in permissible limit.


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