TPU scientists study how industry affects one of the most polluted rivers in India

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University have embarked on a water study of one of the largest Indian rivers, Damodar River, within BRICS STI framework programme. In the Indian city of Durgapur, the scientists discussed the extension of cooperation with their colleagues from China and India and took water samples from Damodar that is one of the sources of water supply for the city and one of the most polluted rivers in India. Some of the samples remain in India, while others will be sent to China and Russia, Tomsk, to study them in various aspects. Ultimately, the common goal of the project is to propose measures for water treatment and the prevention of further pollution. 

Photo: As.Prof. Evgeniya Soldatova and colleagues from India and China

Tomsk Polytechnic University is a national coordinator in Russia in the international group Water Resources and Pollution Neutralization at the BRICS Network University. Recently, their project Environmental Geochemistry and Purification from Organic Pollution on the Example of Water Systems in China, India, and Russia has been supported by the BRICS STI framework programme.

Experts from Tomsk Polytechnic University, the Tomsk Branch of the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, (India), Central University of Haryana (India) and East China University of Technology (China) participate in the project. They are engaged in the study of water pollution subject to various landscape and climate conditions that will help them to elaborate methods to prevent and purify natural waters from organic contamination. Tomsk scientists are tasked to investigate the migration peculiarities of contaminants. Colleagues from India and China will study the microbiological composition of the water and look for traces of antibiotics. 

‘In India, we took water samples from the Damodar River and its tributaries, including those where there is wastewater discharge. These samples will help us to detect main contaminants and identify the forms of their migration in the aquatic environment,’

-  says PhD student Svetlana Ulaeva from TPU Division for Geology.

Durgapur is an industrial city with a metallurgical plant, enterprises of chemical industry and machine building operating here. Coal mines are located in the upper reaches of the Damodar not far from the city. Therefore, the problem of water pollution and pure water supply to the population is very serious here.’

In Durgapur, Tomsk scientists also participated in the symposium Workshop on Recent Trends on Remediation of Contaminated Water Bodies and Soil. The event was part of the working meeting of the group Water Resources and Pollution Neutralization of the BRICS Network University. Dr. Evgeniya Soldatova gave an open lecture devoted to the project The Geochemical Cycle of Nitrogen in Agriculture Landscape: Pollution of Groundwater and Risks Assessment to Public Health.