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BRIEF RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153-155

Application of water quality index for the assessment of suitability of natural sources of water for drinking in rural areas of east Sikkim, India


1 Ph.D Scholar, Department of Microbiology, Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Correspondence Address:
T Shantikumar Singh
Department of Microbiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, Sikkim
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.157539

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In Sikkim, especially in the rural areas where there is no supply of treated water for drinking and other domestic uses, natural surface water is the only source. The objective was to assess the water quality of natural sources of water in the rural areas of East Sikkim using a water quality index (WQI) for different seasons. A total of 225 samples, that is, 75 in winter, 75 in summer, and 75 in monsoon were collected from different sources for physicochemical analysis, and a WQI was calculated. The water quality values ranged 32.01-96.71. The results showed that most of the water samples were in poor condition (85.3%) and very few of them were in good condition (2.6%). The water quality of the natural sources indicated that the water is poor-quality and not totally safe for human consumption, and that it needs treatment before consumption.


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