52% water samples fail test in district

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 19:28 IST

More than 52% of water samples collected by the health officials from different parts of the district in past one year were declared unsafe for drinking. The samples were tested at the State Public Health Laboratory in Chandigarh.

Out of 92 water samples collected from Patiala, Nabha, Rajpura, Samana and other municipal committees, 57 samples were declared non-potable, while only 35 samples were found fit for drinking.

The results also rubbished the tall claims of the state government of providing safe drinking water to the people.

Last year, the health department had collected 564 water samples from different areas, public departments, schools, and private places, and found 220 samples unfit for drinking, while clearing 334 samples fit for human health.

Meanwhile, the results of ten of water samples are still pending. Though no heavy metal has been found during test, the officials of the department have recommended immediate chlorination to do away with bacterial contamination, besides instructing the concerned department to take preventive measures in order to treat water.

Moreover, of the 74 samples collected from the Punjab Water Supply department, which usually supplies water in villages, 43 were found potable, while 31 were declared unfit.

The condition is no better in the government schools as more than 24% samples were found with impurities. The department took 81 water samples from the government schools of the district, out of which 30 were found unsafe for drinking, 51 were declared potable.

Meanwhile, 12 out of 28 water samples taken from anganwadi centres were declared unfit. However, the department also collected 252 samples randomly from restaurants, marriage places, cafeterias and food joints, and found 168 of them fit for drinking, while 81 failed test.

District health officer Dr Rajpal Singh said the department is continuously collecting the water samples to find out impurities in drinking water in order to ensure that only potable water is being supplied to the people.

"We have issued the notices and asked the concerned departments for chlorination of water which have failed tests. We have recommended that water sources for supply of water be changed. The another way out is the installation of Reverse Osmosis plants," Singh said.

He added that they are also providing free chlorine tablets at all government medical centres.

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