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1- Department of Forensic Science, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, UP, India.
2- Department of Forensic Science, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, UP, India. , rajeev4n6@gmail.com
3- Department of Chemistry, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, UP, India.
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Background: According to Hindu mythology, Yamuna River plays an impotent role as a holy water resource in Delhi, India. The lead and chromium concentrations were determined from the water samples collected from five different locations around this river in Delhi area. The contaminated water from this river is mostly used for drinking, agriculture, aquaculture, and storage as a holy water.
Methods: The seasonal variations of heavy metal concentrations in the water samples collected from Yamuna river were determined for the summer, monsoon and winter supplies, using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS).
Results: In the summer water samples, we found greater concentrations of both heavy metals than those for the monsoon season. The concentrations of lead and chromium in the water samples were higher than the permissible limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). The water quality was not safe for drinking, cleaning and agriculture, nor for the aquatic animals, such as fish, amphibians and others.  
Conclusions: The condition of the water in Yamuna river is of great health concerns. Therefore, it is vital to take necessary actions to decontaminate the water from this river, and to draw effective strategies to minimize or prevent the current and future contaminations added to this important water resource in India.
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