Physicochemical characteristics of wastewater from metal industries in parts of central Ganga basin, district Aligarh, India and the differential accumulation of heavy metals in shallow aquifers were investigated. It has been observed through analytical results that the concentration of heavy metals like Fe, Cu, Mn, Cd and Pb are higher than the suggested guidelines of World Heath Organisation, 1985 both in wastewater and shallow groundwater. Since groundwater is the only source of water supply for drinking, agricultural and industrial requirements, it is an essential pre-requisite that the existing groundwater resource should be protected from further degradation by providing some suitable measures like treatment of the wastewater before letting them to the drainage system.

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