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INLAND SURFACE WATER CATEGORIES


The Central Pollution Control Board has classified the inland Surface water into five categories A to E. On the basis of there designated best use and the desired
class. The principal concern has been the end use to which man may put to water. The classification has been made in such a manner that with the degradation
in quality, the water quality requirement becomes progressively lower from A to E. The CPCB classification of the inland surface water is give as under: -
Class of
Designated Best Use Criteria
Water
Drinking water Source without Conventional treatment but after A 1. Total coliform organisms MPN/100 ml shall be 50(max.)
disinfections. 2. pH between 6.5 to 8.5
3. Dissolved Oxygen (Min) 6 mg/l
4. BOD (max) 5 days < 2.00 mg/l
Outdoor bathing(Organised) B 1. Total coliform organisms MPN/100 ml shall be 500 (max.)
2. Fecal Coliform MPN/100 mg. to be 2500 (max.) for Ganga
Action Plan.
3. pH between 6.8 to 8.5.
4. Dissolved Oxygen (min) 4 mg/l
5. BOD (Max.) 5 days @ 3 mg/l
Drinking water with conventional treatment Followed by C 1. Total coliform organisms MPN/100 ml shall be 5000
disinfections (max.)
2. pH between 6.8 to
3. Dissolved Oxygen (min) 4 mg/l
4. BOD (max.) 5 days @ 3 mg/l
Propagation of wild life Fisheries. D 1. pH between 6.5 to 8.5
2. Dissolved Oxygen (min) 4 mg/l.
3. Free Ammonia (as N) (max)1.2mg/l.
Class of
Designated Best use Criteria
Water