Water Quality and Contamination Essay

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Water Quality and Contamination

Water Quality and Contamination

Introduction

Abstract My lab report was based on how ground water could be affected by contaminants that surround us everyday. “ Access to safe drinking water depends not only on the quality of water at source but also on contamination throughout it's way to the user and practices related to purification and sanitation” ( Mishra, S., & Nandeshwar, S. 2013).I was very surprised that the detergent contaminated the water. I thought that the detergent would stay in the soil but it ended up going through the soil into the water. Which then left the water bubbly and dark. These labs may show that we may need to look into more
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Results

Tables:
Effects of Groundwater Contamination
Table 1: Water Observations (Smell, Color, Etc.)
Beaker
Observations
1
The water is clear and has no smell
2
The Vegetable oil has settled at the top, a few bubbles, yellow and smells like vegetable oil
3
The water is clear and smells like vegetable oil.
4
Bubbly, foggy water, it doesn't smell to me
5
The soil expanded and the water seemed to go straight to the bottom. Very little soil got through and made the water dark.
6
The water is more clear and it seems that the oil soaked into the soil while the water went to the bottom
7
My observation is same as 5. This smells like soil mixed with vinegar
8
The water is really dark, still has bubbles, still doesn’t smell like anything Drinking Water Quality
Table 2: Ammonia Test Results
Water Sample
Test Results
Tap Water
0 (mg/L)
Dasani® Bottled Water
0 (mg/L)
Fiji® Bottled Water
0 (mg/L)

Table 3: Chloride Test Results
Water Sample
Test Results
Tap Water
500 (mg/L)
Dasani® Bottled Water
0 (mg/L)
Fiji® Bottled Water
0 (mg/L)

Table 4: 4 in 1 Test Results
Water Sample pH Total Alkalinity
Total Chlorine
Total Hardness
Tap Water
7(mg/L)
10 (mg/L)
0 (mg/L)
0(mg/L)
Dasani® Bottled Water
3 (mg/L)
0(mg/L)
0 (mg/L)
0 (mg/L)
Fiji® Bottled Water
7 (mg/L)
0.2 (mg/L)
0 (mg/L)
0(mg/L)

Table 5: Phosphate Test Results
Water Sample

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