A review of permissible limits of drinking water

Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Jan;16(1):40-4. doi: 10.4103/0019-5278.99696.


Water is one of the prime necessities of life. We can hardly live for a few days without water. In a man's body, 70-80% is water. Cell, blood, and bones contain 90%, 75%, and 22% water, respectively. The general survey reveals that the total surface area of earth is 51 crore km(2) out of which 36.1 crore km(2) is covered sea. In addition to this, we get water from rivers, lakes, tanks, and now on hills. In spite of such abundance, there is a shortage of soft water in the world. Physicochemical parameter of any water body plays a very important role in maintaining the fragile ecosystem that maintains various life forms. Present research paper deals with various water quality parameter, chlorides, dissolved oxygen, total iron, nitrate, water temperature, pH, total phosphorous, fecal coli form bacteria, and adverse effect of these parameters on human being.

Keywords: Dissolved oxygen; drinking waters; fecal coliform bacteria; parameters; pesticides.