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Selenium Contamination of Groundwater of Majha Belt of Punjab (India)

Hardev Singh Virk

Abstract


Punjab is facing a crisis situation due to high levels of heavy metals in the underground water table of Punjab. Majha belt of Punjab, namely, Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran districts have high Arsenic and Selenium contents in groundwater. In this preliminary report, groundwater quality data pertaining to Selenium is reported. Selenium Acceptable Limit (AL) for groundwater is fixed at 0.01 mg/l (ppm) by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The possible health hazard effects of Selenium are reported on the basis of studies carried out in USA and China.

 

Keywords: Acceptable limit, heavy metal contamination, Majha belt of Punjab, selenium

 

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Hardev Singh Virk. Selenium Contamination of Groundwater of Majha Belt of Punjab (India). Research & Reviews: A Journal of Toxicology. 2018; 8(2): 1–7p.


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