A case study of groundwater contamination due to open dumping of municipal solid waste in faisalabad pakistan
Journal: Earth Sciences Pakistan (ESP)
Author: Muhammad Usman, Hafsa Yasin, Abdul Nasir and Waqas Mehmood
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Open dumping site causes a serious environmental problem that included water, air, surface water and ground water. Ground water is very precious source of water, but it is deteriorated by leachate formation which contains many dangerous complex compounds. Nearby areas are more affected in water quality than the far-off areas. The present study explored the municipal open dumping site of Faisalabad impacts on ground water quality. Six points were selected for water sampling at different specific distances from the sites in the study area. Then the samples were examined for seven parameters that included TDS, pH, Hardness, Turbidity, Fecal Coliform and Total Coliform to investigate the affected ground water quality. Results have showed that dangerous pollutants are important component of ground water that are in more concentration then standards and is unfit for consumption. It may result to different water born diseases respiratory problems and lungs cancer etc. Proper monitoring and supervision for leachate management and waste disposal are suggested.