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40% tubewell water not chlorinated

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2011 00:48 IST
Neelam Pandey

It's not just your tap water that might be unsafe. According to the findings of the report by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi Jal Board, more than 40% of the water supplied by tubewells is not treated with chlorine.

Chlorination is a process that destroys disease-causing bacteria, parasites and other organisms, making the water fit for consumption.
"This can lead to a number of water borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and gastroenteritis," said a senior MCD official.

In the absence of pipelines, many parts of the city depend on tubewells for their water supply. The report states that of the 1,219 tubewells in the city, only 580 are functioning, 113 are out of order, and 526 are supplying water minus chlorination.

DJB officials, however, denied that water was being supplied without going through the process of purification. "We have issued standing orders that water cannot be supplied through tubewells without treating them with chlorine. The MCD is trying to create a scare,” said a senior DJB official.