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Suitability For Construction - Water Test Report Attached! Advice Required!

The test report of water sample to be used for construction of building is as follows:-

1. pH                        8.5

2. total solids(ppm)    1713

3. Sulphates(ppm)      1210

4.  Chlorides(ppm)      705


Is this water is suitable for construction purpose?

If not then what is the remedy/solution of this which is effective yet not very expensive.



1. Suitability for Construction.

Atul Ji,

As per your test report this water is not fit for construction purpose as the Sulphates are present much higher that the maximum permissible limit of 400 PPM as per IS:456 code. This water will attack the concrete.

If available, kindly dilute this water with some surface water.


Amit Kr. Singh,
Govt. of Haryana,
Public Health Engg. Department,
Water Testing Lab,Karnal-132001(haryana)

2. Dear Atul, Water is one of

Dear Atul,

Water is one of the most important elements in construction but people still ignore quality aspect of this element. The water is required for preparation of mortar, mixing of cement concrete and for curing work etc during construction work. The quality and quantity of water has much effect on the strength of mortar and cement concrete in construction work. The water used for mixing and curing should be clean and free from injurious quantities of alkalis, acid, oils, salt, sugar, organic materials, vegetable growth and other substances that may be deleterious to bricks, stone, concrete or steel.

Presence of salt in water such as Calcium Chloride, Iron Salts, inorganic salts and sodium etc. are so dangerous that they reduce initial strength of concrete and in some cases no strength can be achieved. There is rusting problem in steel provided in RCC.

Presence of acid, alkali, industrial waste, sanitary sewage and water with sugar also reduce the strength of concrete.

  • Presence of silt or suspended particle in water has adverse effect on strength of concrete.

  • Presence of oil such as linseed oil, vegetable oil or mineral oil in water above 2 % reduces the strength of concrete upto 25%.

This water is not fit for construction as the water is not found conforming to the requirements of IS: 456-2000.

Water should be treated to bring the above parameters within the limits prescribed under IS: 456-2000.

With best regards,

Abhishek Mendiratta

Jupiter Knowledge Management and Innovative Concepts Private Limited (JKMIC)

New Delhi

3. water test report of ALIYAR/BHAVANI River

Dear All,

          Can anyone send a copy of water test report of  river aliyar/bhavani.

Thanks & rgds


4. River quality status

The following report by the Central Pollution Control Board gives a water quality status in 2007 -

Some more useful resources are -

(Unfortunately, the webpage does not cover the aliyar/bhavani rivers though)

5. Hi all,

I am a civil engineer , water report reflecting H2so4 neutrilization around 42.8 which is more than permissible as per IS 3025, please suggest me to control this parameter ,



6. Reg : Water test report verification

1. pH                                              7.2

2. Total solids (in mg/l)                     1210

3. Sulphates as SO4 (in mg/l)            54

4. Chlorides as Chlorine (in mg/l)       248

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