Water Quality Status of Recreational Spots in Chittagong City
Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science
Volume 3, Issue 3, June 2014, Pages: 38-44
Received: Aug. 27, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 3, 2014; Published: Sep. 20, 2014
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Md. Lokman Hossain, Department of Global Change Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences, University of Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Sultana Kamrun Nahar Nahida, Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong, Chittagong 4331, Bangladesh
Md. Iqbal Hossain, Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong, Chittagong 4331, Bangladesh
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Abstract
The study was conducted to learn about water quality status at potential recreational spots in Chittagong City. Water samples were collected from six recreational spots. Derived parameters namely; Conductivity, Turbidity, Color, Odor, pH, Dissolve Oxygen (DO), Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Sulfate and Nitrate of the collected water samples were compared with the standard value of the respective parameters. The study revealed that water conductivity of Karnafully Shishu Park (1400 µs/cm) and Jatisongho Park (1430 µs/cm) could satisfy the standard level (1500µs/cm) and the other spots exceeded the limit. Water collected from Foy’s lake was a bit turbid (5.07 ntu) but it did not significantly exceed the expected limit (5 ntu). The study also revealed that water of Foy’s Lake was darker (55 Hazen) compared to the standard (20 Hazen). In case of odor, all the spots’ water was unobjectionable except Chittagong Shishu Park and Jatisongho Park. BOD and DO content were satisfactory for all the spots. But COD was higher at Chittagong Shishu Park, Karnafully Shishu Park and Zia Smriti Complex. Nitrate concentration was also found satisfactory in water of all spots except Chittagong Shishu Park (19.33 ppm). All the parameters were under the desired levels for recreation with few exceptions. Although very small, to extend the recreational facilities for the urban people, these unwanted level of different physical and chemical parameters should be mended on an urgent basis.
Keywords
Biological Oxygen Demand, Chemical Parameter, Dissolved Oxygen, Water Quality
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Md. Lokman Hossain, Sultana Kamrun Nahar Nahida, Md. Iqbal Hossain, Water Quality Status of Recreational Spots in Chittagong City, Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2014, pp. 38-44. doi: 10.11648/j.wros.20140303.12
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