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Managing the Quality of Drinking Water Using Plant Based Natural Coagulants

Siva.D, Santhiya.M, Swabna.V and Vasanthy Muthunarayanan*

Journal Title:Journal of Chemical, Biological and physical sciences

Nitrate (NO3-N) pollution of water is a serious environmental problem, as NO3-N can contribute to the eutrophication of surface waters, and high levels may cause methaemoglobinaemia in formula-fed infants. Though the problem exists for a long time the awareness regarding the issue is lesser among the rural public of the developing country like India. This piece of work was designed to identify such places where there may be higher levels of Nitrate- Nitrogen. The drinking water samples were collected from different locations representing the eight directions in and around Trichy taluk of Trichy district of Tamilnadu (India). The physico-chemical parameters of the sampled water samples were measured. The Nitrate reduction from the aqueous solutions (solutions prepared in the laboratory) whose concentration ranges from 10 50 ppm of No3-N and drinking water was found to be possible with seeds of Strychnos potatorum. A maximum reduction (85% from 10 ppm solution after 24 hrs) was noticed with aqueous Nitrate solutions and drinking water (90% after 24 hrs) when treated with seeds of Strychnos Potatorum . This reduction can be contributed to the presence of phytochemicals, which might have antioxidant property. Thus the study helps us to understand the possibility of a treatment technology which could be practiced even in the rural area thereby paving a way to enjoy and ensure good healthy.