IJEP 41(7): 754-761 : Vol. 41 Issue. 7 (July 2021)
Aligarh Muslim University, Department of Geology, Aligarh – 202 002, India
Vulnerability assessment to delineate areas that are more susceptible to contamination from anthropogenic source has become an important element for sensible resource management and landuse planning. The study utilized the DRASTIC-Lu model comprising seven environmental parameters which include depth to the water table, net recharge, aquifer media, soil media, topography, the impact of the vadose zone, hydraulic conductivity. These thematic maps under the GIS environment were used to assess the aquifer vulnerability in Yamuna alluvial aquifer in parts of Palwal – Faridabad district, Haryana, India. The result of the groundwater vulnerability assessment suggests four zones of relative vulnerability as very low, low, medium and highest vulnerable zones. The elevated north-western parts of the study area displayed high aquifer vulnerability due to shallow groundwater depth, open water bodies, urban settlement, soil type and high hydraulic conductivity. While eastern parts show less vulnerability due to low hydraulic conductivity and deeper groundwater table.
DRASTIC-Lu, Aquifer vulnerability mapping, Yamuna alluvial, Palwal – Faridabad, GIS
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