Saturday, December 3, 2011

India - Drinking Water - Pipeline Corrosion leading to contamination of drinking water with sewer waste

New Delhi : The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has warned that water being supplied by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is being contaminated with sewer waste, which is endangering the lives of millions of people in the capital.

MCD has also claimed that even though it has identifed about 950 water pipelines in Delhi passing through drains this year, DJB has only managed to repair 11. The municipal agency said majority of population in the city was receiving potentially hazardous water and half of Delhi lacks properly treated drinking water.

MCD's Medical Relief and Public Health Committee chairman VK Monga said, “Despite our repeated request the Delhi Jal Board has failed to take any action in checking supply of contaminated water. The impurities in the water supply are a mixing of sewer water with drinking water at several places. Consuming such water can cause health hazards such as gastrological diseases, typhoid, cholera and jaundice".

"We have been informing DJB about these faulty pipelines at regular intervals. The pipelines have corroded and sewer water is getting mixed with fresh drinking water. But in the last six months, they have done little to improve the condition of these pipelines. Of the 942 pipelines, which pass through drains, only 10 have been repaired so far. Residents of Delhi are forced to drink contaminated water", he added.

Delhi drinking water contaminated with sewer waste, says MCD

Article Source: India Water Review : October 3, 2011, 10:06 am

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