Potable water quality monitoring of primary schools in Magura district, Bangladesh: children’s health risk assessment

Aminur Rahman, Abul Hashem, Shahruk Nur-A-Tomal

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Safe potable water is essential for good health. Worldwide, school-aged children especially in the developing countries are suffering from various water-borne diseases. In the study, drinking water supplies for primary school children were monitored at Magura district, Bangladesh, to ensure safe potable water. APHA standard analytical methods were applied for determining the physicochemical parameters of the water samples. For determination of the essential physicochemical parameters, the samples were collected from 20 randomly selected tube wells of primary schools at Magura. The metal contents, especially arsenic (As), iron (Fe), and manganese (Mn), in the water samples were analyzed by atomic absorption spectroscopy. The range of physicochemical parameters found in water samples were as follows: pH 7.05–9.03, electrical conductivity 400–2340 μS/cm, chloride 10–640 mg/L, hardness 200–535 mg/L as CaCO3, and total dissolved solids 208–1216 mg/L. The level of metals in the tube well water samples were as follows: As 1 to 55 μg/L, Fe 40 to 9890 μg/L, and Mn 10 to 370 μg/L. Drinking water parameters of Magura district did not meet the requirement of the World Health Organization drinking water quality guideline, or the Drinking Water Quality Standards of Bangladesh.

Original languageEnglish
Article number680
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Drinking water
  • Human health
  • Magura
  • Trace metals
  • Tube well

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