Efficacy of electrical resistivity and induced polarization methods for revealing fluoride contaminated groundwater in granite terrain. Academic Article uri icon


  • The accumulation of fluoride (F) in groundwater is a common phenomenon in India and worldwide. Its location can be identified through a direct hydrochemical analysis, which was carried out in Kurmapalli watershed (located 60 km SE of Hyderabad city), Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh, India affected by F contamination. The results of the hydrochemical analysis showed that F varied from 0.71 to 19.01 mg/l and its concentration exceeded the permissible limit (i.e., 1.5 mg/l) in 78% of the total 32 samples analyzed. The highest F value (19.01 mg/l) was found near Madnapur village, which is located in the central part of the watershed. Resistivity and induced polarization (IP) surveys were also carried out to reveal the zones where elevated F-contaminated groundwater exists. The objective of this paper was to highlight the utility of resistivity and IP surveys, using hydrochemical constituents as constraint, for the successful delineation of such contaminated/polluted groundwater zones in the granite area.

published proceedings

  • Environ Monit Assess

author list (cited authors)

  • Mondal, N. C., Rao, A. V., & Singh, V. P.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Mondal, Nepal C||Rao, Ananda V||Singh, Vijay P

publication date

  • September 2010