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Drinking water quality surveillance: Samples from Pune villages found ‘contaminated’

Analysis of 1,223 potable water samples taken in March from Pune district reveals a 21% contamination, as per state public health lab

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: April 30, 2016 10:56:46 am
pune, pune water, maharashtra, maharashtra water, water, water in pune, pune news, india news There has been a consistent increase in the water contamination levels as the analysis of drinking water samples in the Pune circle.

A state public health laboratory has found increasing levels of contamination in drinking water whose samples were taken from villages in Pune and Solapur.

Analysis of 1,223 drinking water samples taken in March from Pune district has revealed a 21 per cent contamination, according to the data given by the laboratory.

The data showed that while there was almost negligible contamination in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation areas, at Solapur urban and rural areas, and villages in Pune, the level of contamination was high. Out of 540 drinking water samples — 86 were contaminated in Solapur urban areas, managed by the municipal authorities, while another 255 samples out of 1,077 taken in March, were found to be contaminated in the rural areas of Solapur.

There has been a consistent increase in the water contamination levels as the analysis of drinking water samples in the Pune circle — comprising Pune, Satara and Solapur— indicate. For instance from April 2015 till February this year, a total of 15,026 drinking water samples were collected from Pune district’s 13 tehsils and sent to public health laboratory at Pune for testing. A total of 2,993 were found to be contaminated. In the Pune Municipal Corporation area, however, from among 65,984, drinking water samples tested a total of 62 were contaminated.

In Solapur’s villages, however, from April 2015 till February this year out of 15,942 drinking water samples, a total of 2,020 were contaminated while Solapur urban areas found contamination in 682 out of 5,480 drinking water samples for the same period.

Dr H H Chavan, Deputy Director, Pune circle, said the health department routinely undertakes bacteriological and chemical tests to ascertain the water quality in villages. “Although there been no outbreak, we have directed the health officers to issue guidelines to manage the contamination of the water sources,” Chavan said.

Dr Bhagwan Pawar, Pune district health officer said there are 1,400 villages in Pune district and it is the responsibility of the gram panchayats to provide potable water to them. We have sent letters to the block development officers to explain why the water samples have been found contaminated. Mainly, the drinking water sources get contaminated from sewage water or due to leakages in pipes.

According to Dr Sunil Bhadkumbe, Solapur district health officer samples can have E-coli due to foecal contamination.

No samples from Panchgani, Chakan

Pune: Panchgani municipal council and Chakan municipal council in Satara and Pune respectively failed to submit their water samples for the quality surveillance measures and were listed as defaulters while Rajgurunagar municipal council in Pune and Mangalvedha in Solapur were detected with more than 10 per cent water contamination. However, Solapur municipal corporation, was adjudged the worst as in the urban areas as it had registered 16 per cent water contamination.

Water potability from April 2015-February 2016

In Pune
2,993 samples found to be contaminated out of 15,026 drinking water samples collected from Pune district’s 13 tehsils and sent to public health laboratory at Pune for testing.

62 samples were contaminated out of 65,984 potable water samples tested from the Pune Municipal Corporation area

In Solapur
2,020 were found contaminated out of 15,942 drinking water samples taken from villages

682 found to be contaminated from 5,480 samples taken from urban areas

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