Sources in the health department said that at present, the health department has been randomly collecting samples of water from many places including of a house, factory, hotel or school. Each block level primary health centre (PHC) has been sending five water samples to state-level laboratory in Chandigarh.
Sources added that in Nawanshahr, there are five block level PHCs, at Balachaur, Mukandpur, Sujjo, Saroya and Muzaffarpur; 60 samples are usually sent in a month. They added that the report would now be available much earlier, with the test being allowed at more labs.
District health officer Garja Singh said that the January 9 letter orders testing of water in each government school once a year.
Nawanshahr School health program
Number of government schools 680Only 128 water samples taken from April to December 2012Water samples found fit for drinking 82Water samples found bacteria contaminated 36