Arsenic in Surface Waters: A Report from River Ganga and its Tributary Jamania at Bhagalpur, Bihar, India

  • Ranjan Kumar Mishra University Department of Botany, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur - 812 007, Bihar, India
  • Bishnu Dev Das Department of Botany, Mahendra Morang Aadarsh Multiple Campus, Biratnagar (Tribhuvan University), Nepal
  • Prashant Chandra kumar NTPC LTD. Barh, Bihar, India
  • Jayanta Choudhary NTPC LTD. Barh, Bihar, India
  • Sanjay Kumar Jha University Department of Geography, TMBU, Bhagalpur-812007, Bihar, India
  • Ruby Kumari University Department of Botany, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur - 812 007, Bihar, India
  • Sunil Kumar Choudhary University Department of Botany, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur - 812 007, Bihar, India
  • Niroj Paudel Department of Applied Plant Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon 24341, Republic of Korea
Keywords: Arsenic pollution, Surface water, Jamania, River Ganga, Bhagalpur


An investigation has been carried out to examine the arsenic pollution status of River Ganga & its tributary Jamania during pre-monsoon period of  2017 at Bhagalpur, Bihar (India). Altogether 17 water samples from different sampling sites along with their geo co-ordinates have been investigated for the value of arsenic using FTK test as well as spectrophotometer method. Throughout the study, arsenic value ranged from 10.69 ppb to 55.92 ppb. Out of the 17 water samples, the values of arsenic in 13 samples were from 20ppb to 54.1ppb. The concentration levels of arsenic in all the 17 river water samples and 2 public water supply samples (source: river water) in the present study were found above from the permissible limit of WHO (2008) and BIS (2004-2005) standards for drinking which is 10 ppb (part per billion).


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