Contamination of water due to major industries and open refuse dumping in the steel city of Orissa--a case study

J Environ Sci Eng. 2005 Apr;47(2):141-54.


Contamination of ground water is common in the areas surrounded by industrial refuse dumping sites and the probability of contamination is more where dumping is done in low lying areas and the rate of percolation through the soil is high. In order to assess the ground water pollution by leachate around the refuse dumping site, eighteen wells were selected for study. Few wells are nearer to the dumps, few are far away and others are in between. Also an attempt has been made to evaluate the effect of industrial effluents on the ground and surface water due to Integrated Rourkela Steel Plant and other major industries. From the analytical data of physico-chemical parameters, it is indicated that the river water is contaminated mainly due to the industrial and municipal effluents and the ground water of some of the analyzed areas is contaminated due to municipal and industrial solid waste dumping.

MeSH terms

  • Cities
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • India
  • Industrial Waste*
  • Refuse Disposal*
  • Rivers / chemistry
  • Steel
  • Waste Disposal, Fluid*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
  • Water Pollution / prevention & control
  • Water Supply / analysis


  • Industrial Waste
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical
  • Steel