Environmental quality assessment of groundwater resources in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Sultanate of Oman

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dc.contributor.author Al-Kalbani, Mohammed Saif
dc.contributor.author Price, Martin F.
dc.contributor.author Ahmed, Mushtaque
dc.contributor.author Abahussain, Asma
dc.contributor.author O'Higgins, Timothy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-08T13:33:41Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-08T13:33:41Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-30
dc.identifier.citation Al-Kalbani, M. S., Price, M. F., Ahmed, M., Abahussain, A. and O’Higgins, T. (2017) 'Environmental quality assessment of groundwater resources in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Sultanate of Oman', Applied Water Science, 7(7), pp. 3539-3552. doi: 10.1007/s13201-017-0621-6 en
dc.identifier.volume 7
dc.identifier.issued 7
dc.identifier.startpage 3539
dc.identifier.endpage 3552
dc.identifier.issn 2190-5487
dc.identifier.issn 2190-5495
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5133
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s13201-017-0621-6
dc.description.abstract The research was conducted to assess the quality of groundwater resources of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman. 11 drinking water sources were sampled during summer and winter seasons during 2012–2013 to evaluate their physico-chemical quality indicators; and assess their suitability for drinking and other domestic purposes. Sample collection, handling and processing followed the standard methods recommended by APHA and analyzed in quality assured laboratories using appropriate analytical methods and instrumental techniques. The results show that the quality parameters in all drinking water resources are within the permissible limits set by Omani and WHO standards; and the drinking water quality index is good or medium in quality based on NFS-WQI classification criteria, indicating their suitability for human consumption. There is an indication of the presence of high nitrate concentrations in some groundwater wells, which require more investigations and monitoring program to be conducted on regular basis to ensure good quality water supply for the residents in the mountain. The trilinear Piper diagram shows that most of the drinking water resources of the study area fall in the field of calcium and bicarbonate type with some magnesium bicarbonate type indicating that most of the major ions are natural in origin due to the geology of the region. This study is a first step towards providing indicators on groundwater quality of this fragile mountain ecosystem, which will be the basis for future planning decisions on corrective demand management measures to protect groundwater resources of Al Jabal Al Akhdar. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer International Publishing AG en
dc.relation.uri https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13201-017-0621-6
dc.rights © 2017, the Authors. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Groundwater en
dc.subject Piper trilinear diagram en
dc.subject Water quality index en
dc.subject Hydrochemistry en
dc.subject Al Jabal Al Akhdar en
dc.subject Oman en
dc.title Environmental quality assessment of groundwater resources in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Sultanate of Oman en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Timothy O’Higgins, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: tim.ohiggins@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.contributor.funder Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Applied Water Science en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress tim.ohiggins@ucc.ie en


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