Safe drinking water, a mirage in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2018 11:14:44


By Ashish Rajput

Residents in most of the densely populated areas are facing health hazards in absence of safe drinking water. Stagnated water and filth near public water taps and hand-pumps pose threat of water borne diseases in several parts of the city.
People are unaware of the harmful effects of germs prevailing in drinking water, but competent authorities responsible for making cleanliness arrangements near water taps are yet to initiate concrete measures to check the menace.There are parts where, though water is available in sufficient quantity, filth abounding near the water taps, hand-pumps and other structures is vulnerable to health risk, making the spread of disease causing germs through water a major possibility. Surprisingly, water supply lines passing through drains and nullahs are vulnerable to water contamination even in individual water taps.

In order to fulfill drinking water requirement of local residents, the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has somehow managed to supply water in different corners of the city through water tankers. But how much hygienic are the areas where the water is being supplied is a question that evokes only silence from the civic body.The fact remains that several public water taps are surrounded by dumps of garbage and filth. Stagnant water thickened with plastics and human waste invites not only flies and other germs, but also dreadful diseases like diarrhoea and gastro-enteritis for the residents.This scenario is more prevalent in slums and other densely populated areas, where most people avail water from public taps that are numerous in number. Condition of public water taps is getting worse in densely populated areas only due to absence of attention on the part of competent authorities.

Residents in dense areas are unaware of health of this condition and satisfied with adequate water supply in their respective areas. Municipal authority is making all sorts of efforts for ensuring water supply in every nook and corner of the city, but stagnated water near public water taps and water supply line in drains are major threats of supplying contaminated water in homes. What with most of the previous disease-management measures being knee-jerk reactions to breakout of an epidemic, it’s no wonder that our city slums remain the picture of acute apathy and dirt year after year.