Half of North gets dirty water,finds civic agency

At least half the households under the North Municipal Corporation get contaminated water,a study by the civic agency has revealed.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | New Delhi | Published: June 21, 2012 1:29:36 am

At least half the households under the North Municipal Corporation get contaminated water,a study by the civic agency has revealed.

To assess the water quality in its area,the North corporation collected 258 water samples from its six zones. Of these,129 were found unfit for consumption. The samples were collected between June 8 and June 15 and tested at the Public Health department laboratory of the agency.

The six zones of North corporation are: City,Civil Lines,Karol Bagh,Narela,Rohini and Sadar-Paharganj.

The worst affected was Narela zone — all its samples were found unfit for consumption.

“Around 50 samples were collected from various households in Narela zone. All the samples tested were found to be contaminated. To check water-borne diseases,225 chlorine tablets were provided to residents of the area,” an official said.

In a separate water testing exercise,conducted by Delhi Jal Board and the North corporation,54 samples were collected. Of these,20 samples were found contaminated.

Civil Lines recorded the second highest cases of impure water. As per estimates,30 samples failed to meet the purity standard and only five were free of impurities. Water supply was least contaminated in Karol Bagh,where a total of 101 samples were not contaminated,while 12 samples were unfit.

City zone had only one unfit sample out of the nine samples collected. At Rohini,13 were found to be contaminated and the remaining seven were fit for drinking. On the contrary,Sadar-Paharganj had 23 unfit samples and only seven cleared the test.

This is the second water sample report released by the municipal corporation. A similar water sample test revealed that 70 per cent of the water samples tested in the first week of June were found to be contaminated.

Delhi Jal Board declined to comment on the tests. “The civic authority has not submitted the test results as yet. Once such a report is submitted,we can elaborate on the issue,” said Sanjam Cheema,spokesperson of DJB.

Leader of the House Mahendra Nagpal said,“The residents are facing a terrible time this summer. First,there is not enough water to drink. Whatever is supplied,has been found to be contaminated.”

Estimates with the Public Health department suggest a rise in cases of cholera — 92 cases have been reported in the last six months,11 in the last week.

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