DJB refuses joint water testing; says NGO’s report is baseless, alarming
A day after Hazards Centre, a Delhi-based NGO, accused the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) of supplying contaminated water, the Board rubbished the report as alarmist and baseless, reports HT.delhi Updated: May 20, 2010 00:40 IST
A day after Hazards Centre, a Delhi-based NGO, accused the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) of supplying contaminated water, the Board rubbished the report as alarmist and baseless.
“The report is creating unnecessary scare in the minds of people. The water supplied by DJB is potable,” said Sanjam Chima, spokesperson, DJB.
The Board also rejected the demand for joint water testing with Hazards Centre.
“We are not opposed to joint tests but the other party needs to prove their credentials before they put forward such demands,” siad Chima.
“The water sample testing is outsourced to a credible organisation like National Environmental Engineering Research Institute,” added Chima.
Hazards Centre had, on Tuesday, claimed that more than 90 per cent of the water samples tested by them were contaminated.
DJB, meanwhile, has called the report incomplete and contradictory. “About 85 per cent of our supply is from surface water.
“Heavy-metal contamination is not found in surface water. The report is baseless,” said Chima.
DJB acknowledged sometimes contamination occurs due to leakages in pipelines but said that was not the case here.