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Contaminated water at 77% Mumbai homes: survey

mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2013 08:49 IST
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More than 77% households in the city are vulnerable to deadly diseases due to contaminated water supply, claims a survey carried out by Eureka Forbes along with GFK, a research institute.

Their water audit report for 2013 revealed that levels of Total Dissolved Solids ( TDS), Hardness, Chlorides, Nitrates, etc. which are responsible for water contamination have exceeded more than the permissible limits in certain parts of Mumbai.

The worst affected areas in the city are Deonar, Goregaon, Kandivli, Govandi among other neighbouring areas like Diva, Mira Road, Nalasopara Virar and Kalwa, where contaminated water is a reason to worry.

The findings state that waterborne diseases like cholera, jaundice, typhoid, common cough and cold accounted for 83% of all diseases in Mumbai Around 50% respondents in Mumbai agreed that drinking unhealthy water was the cause of all diseases, while water contamination is the biggest issue in drinking water, agreed 77% of the respondents.

However, despite t his about 13% of the households in Mumbai drink water directly from the tap.