International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 3, Issue 4, Part G (2017)
Municipal solid waste and its relation with groundwater contamination in Multan, Pakistan
Solid waste dumping places always pose severe environmental problems on soil, air, surface water and groundwater. Landfill leachate comprises thousands of complex components and become part of groundwater after infiltration. Vicinity communities are comparatively more affected through hazard activities. Generally, it is regarded as global issue but problems are more serious in developing countries due to mismanagement and lack of related facilities. The present study investigated the landfills effects on groundwater system in Multan city, Pakistan. Sixteen points were selected for groundwater sampling in the study area during 2016 and were analyzed for selected twelve parameters. Samples were collected to and far from three dumping locations and found in mostly samples contains high pollutants concentration than Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA, 2004) and arsenic concentration over World Health Organization (WHO) drinking water criteria. Dumping sites impacts are in result of changing groundwater chemistry, waterborne diseases and other environmental issues. Numerous studies have been conducted but still a comprehensive research demands with boarder aspects to maintain and protect groundwater resources.
How to cite this article:
Ghulam Murtaza, Rehman Habib, Ali Shan, Kamran Sardar, Faiz Rasool, Tariq Javeed. Municipal solid waste and its relation with groundwater contamination in Multan, Pakistan. Int J Appl Res 2017;3(4):434-441.