The government has opened 90 new water testing labs in the state,in addition to the 30 that operate at the district level.
Having received over 2,500 cases of an unidentified fever in the past one year from rural areas,the public health department acquired space in state-run rural and sub-divisional hospitals to set up 138 sub-divisional water testing labs,90 of which were inaugurated Wednesday.
A senior official from the department said the remaining labs would be opened in the next one week.
Till date,water testing used to happen only at district headquarters and a lot of private sources remained outside its ambit. In the current water scarcity situation,we are relying on a number of private tanker suppliers. These suppliers are relying on sources earlier used for agriculture, he said.
The project was implemented by the water supply and sanitation department with the health department. Lab technicians were recruited by the zilla parishad office and were given month-long training and a manual for testing.
It is the responsibility of gram sevaks to collect samples from villages and submit to the labs. The project is being implemented under the Jal Swarajya programmme funded by World Bank, the official said.
A lab each has been set up in the new districts of Nandurbar,Washim and Gondia.