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Use of Moringa Oleifera (Drumstick) seed as Natural Absorbent and an Antimicrobial agent for Ground water Treatment

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Environmental Science, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, INDIA
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Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (3), Pages 31-40, March,2 (2012)

Abstract

Ground water is fresh water located in the core space of soil and rocks. Wells and springs constitute groundwater supplies. Present study deals with the suitability of the coagulation-flocculation process using Moringa oleifera seeds as natural absorbent and environmentally friendly antimicrobial agent for purification of ground water for drinking purpose. In present study various doses of Moringa oleifera seed powder like 50, 100 and 150 mg/l were taken and checked for the efficiency dose on raw groundwater. After treatment of water samples with Moringa oleifera seed powder were analyzed for different parameter like pH, turbidity, TDS, TS, hardness, chlorides, alkalinity, acidity, MPN and SPC. All parameters were reduced with increased dose of Moringa oleifera seed powder except alkalinity and pH. Application of this low cost Moringa oleifera seeds is recommended for eco-friendly, nontoxic, simplified water treatment where rural and peri-urban people living in extreme poverty are presently drinking highly turbid and microbiologically contaminated water.

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