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Analysis of Water after Holi Festival

Author Affiliations

  • 1Viva College, Virar, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (IVC-2015), Pages 1-2, (2015)


In the past, the use of natural colours such as Haldi, Kumkum, Sandal Powder, etc to celebrate Holi festival had a medical significance. However, now a day chemically produced industrial dyes have been used to take their place in the most parts of India. Lack of control over the quality and content of these synthetic colours leads to an adverse effect on all living beings. These colours are highly structured polymers and are very difficult to decompose biologically. The use of heavy metal based colour pigments is reported to cause water pollution. Many times, this polluted water gets mixed with sea water or other water resources. All these combined together is proving to be a substantial environmental threat. This study was taken up with an initiative to determine the extent of effects that the Holi colours have on water and to suggest the alternatives in order to save our environment. In this study the sample of waste water after Holi was tested in the laboratory for different physico-chemical parameters such as temperature, pH, colour, turbidity, total hardness, total dissolved solids, heavy metal using standard methods. The results obtained were verified with permissible limits of World Health Organisation (WHO) in order to determine the effect of Holi colours on water and the calculated risk for all living beings.


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