Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 404-412 October-December 201

 

GROUND WATER ISSUES AND COMMUNITY AWARENESS IN PERUNGUDI DUMPSITE, CHENNAI, INDIA

 

K. Parameswari* and K. Karunakaran

Centre for water resources, Anna University, Chennai (INDIA)

 

Received on : July 04, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

Land filling of Municipal Solid Waste in an unlined dumping site is the general practice of waste disposal in the developing countries. It pollutes the resources such as land, air and water which inturn affects the people residing around the dumpsite. Groundwater pollution is the first and foremost effect by which the residing people were affected severely. Since the people were living near the dumpsite for three or four descendants, the local native people were unaware about the quality of water which has been polluted due to dumping yard, emerged before 20 years. Perungudi dumpsite in Chennai Metropolitan Area, India has been chosen to study the quality of groundwater and the awareness regarding the groundwater pollution. The water quality analysis shows that two villages (Oggium Thuraipakkam and Perungudi) have been affected significantly. Social survey clearly shows that lower income groups were unaware about the problem, though middle income group are having awareness, their economical situation preclude them to spend much on water whereas higher income groups completely depends on high cost alternative source.

 

Keywords : Municipal Solid Waste, Groundwater, Pollution, Awareness, Waste Disposal

 

 

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