Assessment of Groundwater Pollution using Aqueous Geo-Environmental Indices, Baiji Province, Salah Al-Din, Iraq

  • Mahmood F. Abed Department of Applied Geology, College of Sciences, Tikrit University, Tikrit, Iraq
  • Ghazi Atiya Zarraq Department of Applied Geology, College of Sciences, Tikrit University, Tikrit, Iraq
  • Salwa H. Ahmed Department of Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Tikrit University, Tikrit, Iraq
Keywords: Groundwater pollution, Nemerow Pollution Index, Synthetic Pollution Index

Abstract

The study area is located in Baiji province characterized by anthropogenic activities which may affect the groundwater quality. Therefore, the present work was intended for assessing groundwater quality and its suitability for drinking. Groundwater samples were collected from 33 different well, then analyzed to determine 20 parameter which are TDS, Ca, Mg, Na, K, Cl, SO4, NO3, Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn, As, B and Se. Nemerow Pollution Index Synthetic Pollution Index, and Pollution Index of Groundwater were used for determining groundwater suitability for human consumption. Nemerow Pollution Index values indicate that groundwater pollution is ranged from seriously to moderately polluted. According to Synthetic Pollution Index results, the water samples were moderately polluted to unsuitable for drinking. Depending on the rating of Pollution values, groundwater was polluted.

Published
2022-02-22