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Wednesday 9 February 2005

India: Groundwater polluted in Pondy after tsunami: study

PONDICHERRY, FEB .8. Seawater intrusion following the tsunami strike has increased the percentage of dissolved solid contents in groundwater at some places in the Union Territory.

A study conducted by the State Groundwater Unit and Soil Conservation Department in Pondicherry and Karaikal found that the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) went up to 1000 parts per million (ppm) and in certain areas it crossed1000 ppm.

TDS is a measurement of minerals or salts in water. Bicarbonate, chloride, sulphate, calcium, magnesium and sodium are the major components normally found in water. High levels of some of these elements are a potential concern.

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