Sulphates occur in water due to leaching from sulphate mineral and oxidation of sulphides. Sulphates are associated generally with calcium, magnesium and sodium ions. Sulphate in drinking water causes a laxative effect and leads to scale formation in boilers. It also causes odour and corrosion problems under aerobic conditions. Sulphate should be less than 50 mg/L, for some industries. Desirable limit for drinking water is
150 mg/L. May be extended upto 400 mg/L.