Assessment of the Physicochemical Quality of Drinking Water Resources in the Central Part of Iran

The aim of the study described in this article was to assess the physicochemical quality of water resources in Isfahan province, located in the central part of Iran, from June to November 2012. Comparison of the results with the acceptable limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for drinking water showed that nitrate, chloride, iron, and fluoride concentrations exceeded the maximum acceptable level in 12.3%, 9.2%, 6.8%, and 1.5% of samples, respectively. Total dissolved solids (TDS) and turbidity values also exceeded the maximum acceptable level in 9.2% and 3.1% of samples, respectively. In general, the quality of drinking water resources in the central part of Iran at present is mostly acceptable and satisfactory. It may be deteriorated in the future, however, because water quantity and quality in arid and semiarid areas are highly variable over time. Therefore, continued monitoring of the water resources quality is extremely important to environmental safety.

Speaker / Author: 
Ali Shahryari
Mahnaz Nikaeen
Mehdi Hajiannejad
Hossein Saffari
Zahra Moosavian Kachuei
Akbar Hassanzadeh
Month Year: 
January 2016
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Publication Month: 
January/February 2016
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