Serious lapses in water filtration at Raipur, Bilaspur

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Nov 2017 10:21:25


Staff Reporter,


Court directed both the Corporations to submit Action Taken Report within next 15 days

Citizens of Raipur are running high on the risk of catching
deadly water-borne diseases, particularly intestinal infections, as the 2 out of 4 water samples tested at National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) have been found to be contaminated by Escherichia Coli bacteria.

A team (Amicus Curiae) of 3 High Court appointed Commissioners had found serious lapses in water filtration and supply systems in both Raipur and Bilaspur. Samples of water collected from both the cities contained zero per cent chlorine which is a clear indication that civic bodies of both the major cities aren’t chlorinating the water in filtration plants.

These samples were tested at the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
It is to be noted here that the High Court had ordered the formed Amicus Curiae consisting senior advocates Manoj Paranjape, Amrito Das and Saurabh Dangi after hearing a petition filed by Mukesh Kumar Dewangan, whose wife had died of hepatitis diseases, and directed to produce the report on water and water-borne diseases in both cities.

In the inspection conducted 15 days ago, Commissioners made some upsetting observations in the water supply system of Capital city. They found that effluents from a sewer directly mix into the water of river Kharun at the Bhatagaon pumping station from where the water is pumped in the filter plant for purification. There are only two chemists in Rawabhata filtration plant for water testing whereas the 2 assistant chemists have no technical degree. The plant staff only stays till 5 pm and thereafter water testing is done by employees of private placement agency, but they too are in short supply.

The Commissioners also observed that the water pipelines in Raipur criss-cross sewer lines which are main source of contamination. Also, that the main pipelines pass across the drainage system at many underground spots, so there are high chances of epidemic in case of any leakage. The Amicus Curiae also told the High Court that Raipur Municipal Corporation has provided requisite documents and information to them and there were serious lapses in purification system and intake well’s security arrangement. The Committee has suggested RMC to carryout test of water at NABL certified labs, install CCTV cameras at filter plant, deploy security guards, and raise the level of water pipelines to separate them from sewer lines, establish sewerage treatment plants at every stop-dam (Anicut) in Raipur, and restart the old underground sewerage lines. The Court directed both the Corporations to submit Action Taken Report within next 15 days.
An E-Coli bacterium is a deadly pathogen which breeds in sewerage water.