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Volume :23 Issue : 2 1996      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Chemical concentrations in soil and groundwater in Kuwait

Auther : RANDA H. AWNY1, WALEED K. EID2 AND NAJI M. AL-MUTAIRI1

 1Civil & Building Department, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Engineering Division, P.0. Box 24885-13109 Safat, Kuwait.

2Department of Civil Engineering, Kuwait University F. O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat, Kuwait.

 ABSTRACT

The main objective of this paper is to identify and characterize the dominant soil-water quality in different areas of Kuwait. Accordingly, an intensive survey was made to collect the available data on soil and underground water quality in Kuwait. The data included information on more than 300 boreholes and 270 wells scattered in 60 different areas in Kuwait. These data cover a wide range of depths from ground level to a depth of 30 m, in the period from 1980 to 1993.

The soil data include: sulphate and chloride concentrations, organic matter concentrations and pH values. The underground water data include: sulphate, chloride and nitrate concen­trations.

A Soil Data Management System (SDMS) was developed at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) to facilitate the handling, analysis and presentation of the collected data. Statistical analysis was performed on these data to determine the common concentration ranges in both soil and groundwater. The common trends versus depth of sulphate and chloride concentrations in soil, were identified in all the available areas.

A Soil Data Management System (SDMS) was developed at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) to facilitate the handling, analysis and presentation of the collected data. Statistical analysis was performed on these data to determine the common concentration ranges in both soil and groundwater. The common trends versus depth of sulphate and chloride concentrations in soil, were identified in all the available areas.

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