Noida education department sends 518 water samples from schools for testing
The basic education officer and the district inspector of schools have directed the schools to ensure that students get good quality, safe and hygienic drinking water.noida Updated: Jun 01, 2017 23:14 IST
NOIDA: On the directions of Gatuam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh, the district education department has started testing water samples collected from schools.
The basic education officer and the district inspector of schools have directed the schools to ensure that students get good quality, safe and hygienic drinking water.
After the directions by the district magistrate, the officials have sent nearly 518 samples from different schools for testing to a laboratory.
Parvesh Kumar Yadav, basic education officer, said on Thursday, “There are 471 primary schools and 214 upper primary or junior high schools in Gautam Budh Nagar district. Water samples from the rest of the schools will be taken by next week. We intend to cover all schools.
Blockwise, 140 samples were taken from Jewar and 60, 140 and 178 were taken from Dankaur, Dadri and Bisrakh blocks, respectively. All samples were sent for testing, officials said.
”Schools have also been directed to set up a water harvesting system if they do not have one installed so far. In Noida areas, where groundwater quality is hard with high total dissolved solids (TDS), the schools have been directed to install RO or other water purifier systems. A majority of schools have already installed water purifiers,” Yadav said.
School managements said they are checking water quality annually.
“Schools check the water quality once a year. Schools are mostly dependent on ground water supply. Submersible pumps and hand pumps have been set up at schools for water supply. Except where water level has gone down, the hand pumps function properly,” said Dr Rakesh Kumar Bhati, principal of Janta Inter College at Roza Yakubpur.
Some schools have got RO and other water purifier systems installed through the funds available under the corporate social responsibility initiative taken up by corporates.
Subhash Chand Nagar, principal, Sangat Green Inter College Deri Machha, said, “Companies chip in to install water purifier systems and our school also has one. However, we make it a point to check the quality of water once a year.”