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Characterization of drinking water quality of Pilloor dam, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 2Department of Zoology, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 3Department of Zoology, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 7, Issue (2), Pages 49-53, February,22 (2018)


The present study explores the characterization of physicochemical parameters of surface water of different stations of Pilloor dam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The water samples collected from different stations were performed for analysis of various parameters such as colour, odour, pH, turbidity, electrical conductivity, alkalinity, salinity, total hardness, total solids, total suspended solids, total dissolved solids, dissolved oxygen, BOD, COD, chloride, sulphate, fluoride, nitrate, iron, nickel and chromium as per the standard methods recommended by APHA. The coliform counts present in the drinking water samples were performed using Most Probable Number (MPN) technique and the numbers of bacterial and fungal colonies were enumerated by standard plate count method. The results of the present study revealed that the physicochemical parameters and MPN limits were within the permissible limit prescribed by BIS. Thus the results indicates that the water sample of Pilloor dam is safe for drinking and does not cause any hazardous effect to the human life and the environment.


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