Journal of Environmental Protection
Vol.07 No.01(2016), Article ID:62652,10 pages

Contamination of Industrial Waste Water in Central India

Ankit Yadav1, Keshaw Prakash Rajhans1, Shobhana Ramteke1, Bharat Lal Sahu1, Khageshwar Singh Patel1*, Borislav Blazhev2

1School of Studies in Chemistry/Environmental Science, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India

2Central Laboratory for Chemical Testing and Control, Sofia, Bulgaria

Copyright © 2016 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).

Received 7 December 2015; accepted 8 January 2016; published 11 January 2016


The most of iron, cement, paper and plastic related industries are running in Raipur area of the country. They use a large amount of water by discharging effluents into the streams and rivers by polluting nearby water resources. In this work, the physico-chemical characteristics of discharged waste water of 34 industries (i.e. iron, steel, power, paper and polymer) are described. The waste water is found to be acidic in nature with high contents of F and other ions.


Waste Water Quality, Acidity, Fluoride, Metals

1. Introduction

Industrial wastewater is one of the important contaminating sources in pollution of the water environment. Industries that use large amounts of water for the processings have the potential to pollute waterways through the discharge of their wastes into streams, rivers and nearby water sources. They include organic materials, pathogens, metals, salts, ammonia, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors, etc., and cause adverse impacts in the surrounding water resources [1] - [15] .

The most of iron and cement industries of the country is running in the Raipur area, central India due to huge availability of the raw materials. At least 600 sponge iron and 20 cement industries are running by roasting minerals and coal by adding effluents into the environments. In addition, other industries such as paper and polymer industries also emit effluents into the environments. In this work, the quality of waste water released by iron, cement, paper and plastic industries of Raipur city, central India is described.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Study Area

Raipur is mainly an industrial city, being the largest steel market of India. It is a capital of Chhattisgarh state with population of 2.0 million. The city has steel, coal, power, cement and rice milling industries. At least 500 medium and large sizes industries in two industrial sectors: Siltara and Urla of Raipur city are in operation. The remaining industries are running in the Bhilai, Jamul and Durg areas. The one of the Asia biggest steel plant, Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) with capacity of 4.8 MT iron/Yr is running with subsequent dumping of the industrial effluents over area »12 km2. The BSP includes 67 coke ovens, 3 sintering plants, 7 blast furnaces, 2 steel melting shops, rolling mills, rail and structural mills, merchant mills, wire rods mills and plate mills. In this work, the quality of waste water released by 34 industries are described.

2.2. Sample Collection

The industrial waste water samples were collected from different 34 industries during February 2012 by using established methodology, as shown in Figure 1 [16] . For the BSP, the water is supplied from Tandula reservoir through »60 km long canal into the water supply pond (WSP). There is an ore washing pond (OWP) nearby the WSP. The wastes have been dumping in the surrounding area, dumping pond (DP). The area of DP, OWP and WSP are being »12, 7 and 5 km2, respectively. Six composite samples (S1-6) were collected from various sketches of the DP of the BSP. Sample no. S7 and S8 were collected from the OWP and WSP, respectively. Sample no. S9 was collected from source point (SP) of the BSP sludge waste.

The cleaned polyethylene bottle (1 L) was used for the sample collection. It was ringed thrice with the same water prior to the sampling, and filled up to the mouth. The physical parameters i.e. temperature (T), pH, electrical conductivity (EC), dissolved oxygen (DO) and reduction potential (RP) were measured at the spot. The collected water samples were dispatched to the laboratory by cooling them into the freezer at −4˚C.

2.3. Analysis

The water samples were filtered with glass micro filter of pore size, 2 µm. The total dissolved solid (TDS) value of the sample was determined by evaporation method [16] . The total hardness (TH) value was analyzed by the titration methods [17] . The fluoride content of the water was analyzed by the ion selective method using Metrohm-781 ion meter using the total ionic strength adjustment buffer (TISAB). The contents of other ions were quantified by the Dionex ion chromatography-1100. The metal contents were analyzed by Varian Liberty AX Sequential ICP-AES and Varian AA280FS Atomic Absorption spectrophotometer. Other elements i.e. Cd, Pb, As, Hg and Se were analyzed by using the Varian SpectrAA 220Z and equipped with the VGA-77.

The weighed arithmetic method was used for evaluation of the water quality index (WQI) of the water by using five parameters i.e. pH, DO, EC, TDS and values with the help of following expression [18] [19] .


qn = Quality rating of the nth water quality parameter

Vn = Estimated value of the nth parameter of a given water

Sn = Standard permissible value of the nth parameter

Vio = Ideal value of the nth parameter of pure water (i.e. 0 for all other parameters) except pH and dissolved oxygen (7.0 and 14.6 mg/L, respectively)

Wn = Unit weight for the nth parameter

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Physical Characteristics

The physical characteristics of the waste water are summarized in Table 1. The pH value of all waste waters (n = 34) was ranged from 1.2 - 6.9 with mean value of 5.9 ± 0.6. All waters were found to be acidic in nature due to

Table 1. Physical characteristics of industrial waste water.

Figure 1. Representation of sampling locations of industrial waste water the study area, CG, India.

presence of acids i.e. HNO3 at excessive levels. The value of T, EC, RP, DO, TDS and TH was ranged from 20˚C - 30˚C, 1050 - 16,860 µS/cm, 28 - 647 mV, 4.9 - 7.5 mg/L, 2894 - 22,913 mg/L and 140 - 1170 mg/L with mean value of 25˚C ± 1˚C, 3864 ± 1327 µS/cm, 178 ± 46 mV, 6.4 ± 0.2 mg/L, 5700 ± 1159 mg/L and 505 ± 82 mg/L, respectively. The value of EC, TDS and TH was found to be far above the recommended value 300 µS/cm, 500 mg/L and 300 mg/L, respectively [18] [19] . The reducing capacity of some waste waters was found too low, may be due high dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and HNO3.

3.2. Chemical Characteristics

The chemical characteristics of the waste water is shown in Table 2. The concentration of F, Cl, , ,

Na+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+ was ranged from 1.7 - 9.9, 11 - 169, 290 - 1310, 28 - 647, 30 − 10,250, 11 − 10,638, 24 - 850 and 22 - 230 mg/L with mean value of 3.6 ± 0.7, 89 ± 13, 825 ± 99, 162 ± 33, 827 ± 690, 827 ± 785, 103 ± 64 and 126 ± 19 mg/L, respectively. Two ions i.e. Na+ and K+ were found at excessive levels due to mineralization in water from the ores and coal. The concentration of F, NO3, Mg2+ and Ca2+ was found to be higher than

Table 2. Chemical characteristics of industrial waste water, mg/L.

recommended value of 1.5, 45, 30 and 75 mg/L, respectively [18] [19] . They were occurred in following increasing order: F << Cl < Mg2+ < Ca2+ < < » Na+ » K+.

3.3. Concentration of Metals in Sludge Water

The contamination of heavy metals was determined in the SP, DP, OWP and WSP of the BSP, Table 3. The concentration of As, Se, Fe, Cr, Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb and Hg was ranged from 0.6 - 7.8, 0.06 - 0.21, 0.7 - 5.0, 0.31 - 0.62, 0.4 - 1.0, 0.03 - 0.12, 0.7 - 1.5, 0.1 − 2.70, 0.06 - 0.25, 0.3 - 1.2 and 0.03 - 0.12 mg/L with mean value of 2.9 ± 1.4, 0.13 ± 0.03, 3.2 ± 1.1, 0.47 ± 0.07, 0.64 ± 0.15, 0.08 ± 0.02, 1.1 ± 0.2, 0.63 ± 0.56, 0.20 ± 0.04, 0.71 ± 0.21 and 0.07 ± 0.02 mg/L, respectively. Among heavy metals, the highest concentration of as was observed in the sludge water, Figure 2.

Figure 2. Distribution of heavy metals in the BSP waste water.

Table 3. Concentration of chemical species in sludge waste water of Bhilai steel plant, mg/L.

3.4. Spatial Variations

The lowest pH value of the paper waste was found, may be due to acid treatment of the pulp, Figure 3. The lower RP values were marked in the case of iron, cement and polymer wastes, may be due to excessive loading of the oxidizing wastes. However, the comparable values of DO and TH were seen in the all wastes, Figure 3. Remarkably higher concentration of Na+, K+, Mg2+ and was detected in the paper effluents, Figure 4. Fluoride was released in the roasting of iron, cement, paper and polymer materials, and its elevated concentration was observed in the iron effluents, may be due to contamination of the minerals and coal with fluorites, Figure 4.

The spatial variation of heavy metals at point source of waste effluent (S7), dumping lake (S1-6), washing tank (S8) and water supply Tank (S9) is presented in Figure 5. The higher concentration of the most of the metals was observed in the waste waters (S7 and S1-6).

3.5. Water Quality Assessment

The water was found to be acidic and hard in nature. The WQI value was ranged from 168 - 2153 with a mean value of 574 ± 177. The concentration of As, Se, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cd, Pb and Hg was found to be higher than recommended value of 0.01, 0.01, 0.05, 0.5, 0.3, 0.02, 0.003, 0.01 and 0.001 mg/L, respectively [18] [19] . The industrial waste water was seemed to be unsuitable for drinking purposes for animals, aquatics and birds.

Figure 3. Variation of physical parameters in various industrial waste.


Figure 4. Variation of chemical parameters in various industrial waste.


Figure 5. Variation of heavy metals in BSP waste water (S1-6 and S7), washing water (S8) and lake water (S9).

4. Conclusion

All types of industrial wastes i.e. iron, cement, paper and polymer were observed to be acidic in nature with remarkable high EC and TDS values. Some wastes showed too low RP values, and might be due to excessive loading of the oxidizing agents. They were found to be highly enriched with elements i.e. F, Na+ and K+. The iron sludge wastes were contaminated with toxic heavy metals beyond permissible limits.


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AnkitYadav,Keshaw PrakashRajhans,ShobhanaRamteke,Bharat LalSahu,Khageshwar SinghPatel,BorislavBlazhev, (2016) Contamination of Industrial Waste Water in Central India. Journal of Environmental Protection,07,72-81. doi: 10.4236/jep.2016.71007


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