Effectiveness of herbs in community water treatment

January 30, 2012 · 0 comments

International Research Journal of Biochemistry and Bioinformatics (ISSN-2250-9941) Vol. 1(11) pp. 297-303, December 2011

Effectiveness of herbs in community water treatment

R. Sowmeyan*, J. Santhosh and R. Latha
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Periyar Maniammai University, Vallam.613 403. Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, India.

The primary objective of this study is to identify the most appropriate herbal plants for the removal of contaminants from water and also to develop a water treatment kit at an affordable cost for rural folk. Nearly seven herbs namely Neem, Moringa Oleifera, Vettiver, Nirmali, Luffa cylindrica and orange peel were chosen for this study. The effectiveness of these herbs in the removal of turbidity, total hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), fluoride, chloride, calcium and magnesium has been investigated. The results obtained from this study satisfy the drinking water standards prescribed by World Health Organization (WHO).

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