Drinking water at public places not fit for consumption: Survey

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 12:14:19


Staff Reporter,

DRINKING water at many public places in city is not fit for consumption says a water analysis report of public forum. Revealing water sample test results on Wednesday in a press conference organised by environmentalist Dr Subhash C Pandey convener from Global Earth Society for Environmental Energy and Development said that total 42 samples were collected from different places for three days, form which 28 samples were taken from of water, 8 samples of ice and 6 samples of water from the tankers. Research of these samples were carried out by various chemical tests for 6 consecutive days in public labs which revealed the presence of coliform bacteria.

Samples of water from all the railway stations in Bhopal, bus stations, Hamidia Hospital, Sultania Janana Hospital and J P Hospital, Head Government College, Hamidia Arts College and MVM Science College were collected. Ice samples were taken from Lily Talkies, Bhopal Main Railway Station, Baragarh Bus Stand and Second Stop Thirah. Water tankers supplying drinking water to the city were taken from different water suppliers. Drinking polluted water increases likelihood of gastro-intestinal disorders including jaundice, amoebiosis, vomiting, diarrhea etc. The quantities of physico-chemical parameters, ph levels, TDS and DO in samples were also extracted from the samples which means that acidity or acne in the drinking water is the amount of soluble and dissolved oxygen of concrete particles dissolved.

According to BIS 2012, ph should be between 6.5 to 8.5 only in drinking water whereas TDS value is 500 mg/l. The extent of dissolved oxygen is 6 mg/l or more. When the quantity of these parameters is less than the prescribed limit, drinking water is critically important for abdominal, blood related and skin diseases. Water tank water, situated at Nadira Bus Stand, Hamidia Hospital, Halalpur Water Tank and Barragadh Railway Station received water related issue in which the quantity of Most Probable Number (MPN) was obtained at 500 MPN per 100 ml.

Drinking water of Sultania Janana Hospital and Bhopal Main Railway Station platform number 6 was found to be highly polluted, in which the bacteria containing the stool received more than 2400 times. Dr Pandey said that he is geared up to send the report to concerned authorities so that stringent measures can be taken to rectify the problem.