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Evaluation of yield and groundwater quality for selected wells in Malaysia


Mohammed, Thamer Ahmed and Ghazali, Abdul Halim (2009) Evaluation of yield and groundwater quality for selected wells in Malaysia. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, 17 (1). pp. 33-42. ISSN 0128-7680; ESSN: 2231-8526


In Malaysia, the use of groundwater can help to meet the increasing water demand. The utilization of the aquifers is currently contributing in water supplies, particularly for the northern states. In this study, quantitative and qualitative assessments were carried out for the groundwater exploitation in the states of Kelantan, Melaka, Terengganu and Perak. The relevant data was acquired from the Department of Mineral and Geoscience, Malaysia. The quantitative assessment mainly included the determination of the use to yield ratio (UTY). The formula was proposed to determine the UTY ratio for aquifers in Malaysia. The proposed formula was applied to determine the maximum UTY ratios for the aquifers located in the states of Kelantan, Melaka, and Terengganu, and were found to be 4.2, 5.2 and 0.6, respectively. This indicated that exploitation of groundwater was beyond the safe limit in the states of Kelantan and Melaka. The qualitative assessment showed that the groundwater is slightly acidic. In addition, the concentrations of iron and manganese were found to be higher than the allowable limits, but the chloride concentration was found within the allowable limit.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Quantitative; Qualitative; Assessment; Groundwater; Aquifers; Tropical region
Depositing User: Noor Syafini Zamani
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 03:22
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2015 03:23
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/40544
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