An audit conducted by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has detected numerous irregularities in the way water that reaches your taps is tested by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for contamination.
It found that the current method of testing gives erroneously high readings of chlorine levels in the water.
The BMC had asked NEERI to conduct the audit after Hindustan Times published a series of reports earlier this month, highlighting the alarming levels of contamination in water samples taken outside reservoirs.
Blaming negligent civic processes for endangering the health of the citizens, NEERI has called for a complete revamp of the existing system of water testing, and made a series of urgent recommendations to the BMC.
Among other things, the report has called for an immediate upgradation of the municipal laboratory, and suggested that modern technology be employed to test water samples.
The BMC has responded by announcing some immediate measures. Additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota said, “The entire process of overhauling the testing system has begun. Some of these are short-term measures, which will show immediate results. We have also asked NEERI to help us set up a modern laboratory, which can be used for testing samples.”