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37% water samples taken from govt schools not potable

punjab Updated: Jan 14, 2015 22:02 IST

Notwithstanding tall claims by the state government of providing potable water in all government schools, especially in rural areas, the students of several government schools are being forced to drink water with bacteria contamination and fluoride content, which is harmful.

Authorities seem to have have turned a blind eye, as several schools in the district are still serving unsuitable water.

Health authorities had collected 172 samples from several government schools of all seven blocks of the district last year. Out of these, 63 samples failed the test, while 107 of them were found potable. These tests were conducted out at the state public health laboratory, Chandigarh.

An official from the health department said that the failed samples had high fluoride content. He, however refused to give detail of schools but said that most of the samples, which failed the test were collected from Moonak sub-division of the district

The district health officer Surinder Singla refused to comment over the issue.

The health department claims to have written to the heads of the schools to take necessary steps to provide potable water to the students. In cases of high fluoride content, the school principals had been asked to shut the current water source and arrange some alternative source.

Diwali sweet samples fails test: No action against violators yet

Almost three months after the 34 (out of 102) samples of Diwali sweets failed the test and were found harmful for human consumption, no-action has been taken against violators by the district health authorities.

The authorities were swift in collecting the samples during the festival season last year.

Four days after the collection of samples on October 17, the Sangrur health department had given
the violators one month's notice to get their samples re-tested.

When contacted district health officer Surinder Singla sald, "we are still waiting for the report from Ghaziabad, where the samples were sent by the health department on the request of owners of the sweet houses." He added, "the action will be taken after the report from Ghaziabad lab."