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Uranium in Ground water of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India: A preliminary study

Author Affiliations

  • 1Division of Life Sciences, Research Centre, Nehru Gram Bharati University, Allahabad- 211002, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Chemistry, Research Centre, Nehru Gram Bharati University, Allahabad-211002, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 4, Issue (6), Pages 70-74, June,22 (2015)

Abstract

Natural uranium is found in various sources of water and its assessment in drinking water is important from viewpoint of public health. Recent reports of higher concentrations of uranium in ground water of north-west (Punjab) regions of India have prompted similar study in ground water of other regions of India. Present report is a preliminary study on evaluation of uranium in ground water in a few districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Water samples were randomly collected from hand pumps and wells at many random locations of Varanasi, Allahabad, Kaushambi and Fatehpur districts. Concentrations of uranium in the samples were measured using the LED fluorimetric technique. Results showed variations in concentrations obtained from place to place and values ranged from 11±0.76 to 63.33±2.28 µg/l of uranium in the ground water of the designated locations. The measured values were found close to permissible limits of World Health Organisation (WHO) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). In presented preliminary data slightly higher concentration of uranium in samples from some of the wells requires attention if confirmed. Further detailed studies are in progress to collect and examine larger number of samples for drawing definite conclusions regarding uranium in ground water of the eastern region of Uttar Pradesh in India.

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