A survey carried out by the health department has revealed that 31% of the water samples collected from Fatehabad district between January and April are not fit for drinking.
Of the 2,932 water samples collected, 915 failed the quality test. The samples were collected tubewells and canals in Tohana, Bhattu, Ratia, Jakhal, Kulan and several other villages and were sent to a Sirsa laboratory for testing.
The worst affected are Kulan and Pirthala village, where eight bacteriological samples of the total two failed the test. The district is facing problems due to contaminated groundwater.
Fatehabad chief medical officer Suraj Bhan Kamboj said after examining the water samples, it was found that that the percentage of chlorine in the water was not uniform.
In some parts the chlorine percentage is low while in some other areas the water had high is high percentage of the chlorine. He added the bacteriological report of water samples in Kulan and Pirthala villages was negative.
Executive engineer, health department, Dalbeer Singh said they were using chlorine and bleaching powder to purify the water in the district. He said the department concerned has been asked to take corrective measures in villages where the water was unfit for human consumption.
In 2014, the health department collected 8,333 water samples from the district of which 2,783 failed the quality test.