Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 179, Issue 1–4, pp 479–486 | Cite as

Heavy metal contamination of drinking water in Kamrup district, Assam, India

  • Sutapa Chakrabarty
  • Hari Prasad Sarma


This study was undertaken to assess the heavy metal concentration of the drinking water with respect to zinc, copper, cadmium, manganese, lead and arsenic in Kamrup district of Assam, India. Ground water samples were collected from tube wells, deep tube wells and ring wells covering all the major hydrogeological environs. Heavy metals in groundwater are estimated by using Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, Perkin Elmer Analyst 200. Data were assessed statistically to find the distribution pattern and other related information for each metal. The study revealed that a good number of the drinking water sources were contaminated with cadmium, manganese and lead. Arsenic concentrations although did not exceeded WHO limits but was found to be slightly elevated. Copper and zinc concentrations were found to be within the prescribed WHO limits. An attempt has also been made to ascertain the possible source of origin of the metals. Positive and significant correlation existing between manganese with zinc and copper indicates towards their similar source of origin and mobility. In view of the present study and the level of heavy metal contamination, it could be suggested to test the potability of the water sources before using it for drinking purpose.


Drinking water Kamrup district Cadmium Manganese Lead Arsenic Distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental ScienceGauhati UniversityGuwahatiIndia

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