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Mapping of well water and soil parameters in a selected grama niladhari division of Gampaha district

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V. Pathirana,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
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R. C. L. De Silva

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
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Abstract

This study intends to fill an essential knowledge gap in the field of environmental information in Sri Lanka, by providing a reliable data bank supporting the information of existing chemical species of two important components, well water and soil. Further, this study would provide reference information for future work and aid in explaining the changes that would occur due to changes in the chemical composition of the environment. Thalawathuhenpita North Grama Niladhari division was selected as the initial site of study and sampling was done from 23 sites, where two representative samples of each soil and well water were collected from each site. This study investigates the well water quality parameters such as pH determined by a pH meter, hardness and Calcium content using complexometric titrations, nitrate content using a spectrometric analysis, Iron content using a colorimetric analysis, and soil quality parameters such as active pH using a pH meter, water-soluble and exchangeable cations(Na+,Ca2+,K+)using a flame photometer and complexometric titration, organic matter content using a redox titration, iron content and nitrate content as mentioned above. The readings were duplicated and reported as means ± standard deviation, and contour maps were produced using Surfer ® (Golden Software, LLC). Maps depict the scope of variation of the determined parameters within the selected area and highlight the point that it is crucial to monitor the environmental resources chemically in a regular manner to address the environmental problems that may occur in the future.
How to Cite: Pathirana, V. and De Silva, R.C.L., 2022. Mapping of well water and soil parameters in a selected grama niladhari division of Gampaha district. Journal of Science of the University of Kelaniya, 15(2), pp.175–191. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/josuk.v15i2.8073
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Published on 12 Dec 2022.
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