Delhi Jal Board tests show Delhi water fit for use, says KejriwalUpdated: Nov 21, 2019 14:06 IST
New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday challenged the findings of the recently published Bureau of Indian Standardisation (BIS) report which said drinking water in Delhi had failed quality tests.
Kejriwal countered the BIS report with Delhi Jal Board’s water test results according to which only 1.43% of the 1.55 lakh samples collected over a period of nine months were found unsatisfactory.
Kejriwal dismissed the study calling it “politics of water”. He also said “very soon”, the Delhi government will start collecting water samples from five sources at random from each of Delhi’s 250 municipal wards in the presence of opposition parties and the media and get those tested to prove that Delhi’s piped water is good to use.
“This is a politics of water. How could Union consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan rely on water collected from merely 11 sources in Delhi to conclude that water supplied in a city as big as Delhi is fit or unfit for consumption? We demand that he disclose which 11 sources he collected the water from,” Kejriwal said.
The chief minister also said the Delhi government did not get any answer when it asked for the details of places in Delhi from where the 11 samples were collected. “Was there anything to be hidden? As per the WHO (World Health Organization) standards, one sample each should be collected for every 10,000 people in a city. About 2,000 samples should have been collected from Delhi,” he said.
Paswan, on November 16, had released the second phase of the BIS study which stated that Delhi along with Kolkata and Chennai failed in almost 10 of 11 quality parameters of drinking water.
In his criticism of the BIS study, Kejriwal cited a news report quoting Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat who in September said the quality of piped water in Delhi surpassed European standards. However, days after that comment, The Delhi unit of BJP had alleged that the Delhi government was misleading Shekhawat with data that exaggerated on quality of piped water.
On Monday, Kejriwal further said, “The Delhi Jal Board collects 500 water samples from Delhi every day. We will increase that to 2,000 samples to prove that the water we supply is fit enough.”
“If that is not enough, very soon, we will collect five samples at random from each municipal ward in Delhi in front of opposition parties and the media. We will then get the water tested to prove that piped supply in Delhi is fit for consumption,” Kejriwal said.
Sharing some figures, Kejriwal said the Delhi Jal Board had tested around 1.55 lakh water samples collected from across the city between January and September this year, of which only 1.43% failed the scrutiny. In October, he said the agency had collected and tested 16,502 water samples, of which only 658 failed the test.