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Quantity of pollutants in Khan alarming

PEOPLE HAD doubts about making Khan River water potable but this feat can be achieved through technical expertise and large investment though its viability is disputed. Level of bio chemical oxygen demand (BOD) of Khan River ranges from 180 mg per litre to 220 mg per litre which is brought down dramatically to the level of 30 mg per litre after its treatment at waste water treatment plant at Kabitkhedi.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 13:26 IST

PEOPLE HAD doubts about making Khan River water potable but this feat can be achieved through technical expertise and large investment though its viability is disputed. Level of bio chemical oxygen demand (BOD) of Khan River ranges from 180 mg per litre to 220 mg per litre which is brought down dramatically to the level of 30 mg per litre after its treatment at waste water treatment plant at Kabitkhedi.

Further treatment of this water and natural filtration could reduce it further and if its BOD level is brought below 3 mg per litre then it could be used for drinking said Public Health Engineering sub-engineer Vinod Mahajan who looks after the sewage works of the sewage treatment plant while talking to Hindustan Times.

He added that Khan River water which has bacteria numbering up to 4 lakh per 100 ml are also reduced to 10000 per 100 ml.
Mahajan further said that quality of water in this river is so bad that level of dissolved oxygen is merely 1 but through aeration its level is increased to 6.

MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) Regional Officer PC Agarwal informed that BOD of potable water should be less than 3.
Agarwal reasoned that without treatment even Narmada water cannot be used for drinking purpose. He further said that water of Khan River could be made potable through distillation also but this would not be viable.