Contaminated ground water taking toll of people’s health in C’garh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2018 11:37:30


Staff Reporter,


Along with low level of ground water in many areas, contamination of water is another major problem in Chhattisgarh. PHE officials and other state departments working for supply of clean drinking water to all residents facing tough time. As in rural areas and even some of urban pockets across Chhattisgarh, ground water level is heavily contaminated and contain chemicals like high toxic, fluorine and other minerals. These are harmful for teeth, bones and all other parts of the human body. In this situation, how people of these areas will lead a normal and healthy life?

According to the sources of union ministry of water resources, Chhattisgarh is one of the seven major states, others being Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, where water is severely contaminated in many areas and in most of the areas particularly districts of Balod, Bemetara, Kanker, Bastar, Dantewada, Narainpur, Bijapur and Sukma, ground water level is affected deeply by high minerals, chemicals and other toxic materials which is slowly affected the organs of all body and is also responsible for causing of many diseases in high number including cancer of different types too.

For instance in rural areas of Balod, Kanker, Dhamtari, Rajnandgaon and Narainpur, fluorine as well as other chemical substance have been found in underground water. Its regular consumption first affects the teeth, then bones and later nerve system of the human body. On the other hand, rural areas of Mahasamund, Gariaband, Balodabazar, Raipur and Bemetara, high toxic substance were detected in water which affects the bone of human body to a large extent. ‘It is no doubt that most of the districts in state, water-level below the ground has been affected deeply by chemical and minerals and shocking part is that rural population in state still use wells and bore wells for getting water for drinking as well as cooking purposes. In this condition, health of people in these areas is at risk’, said Dr M S Khan, water-level expert of health services. Similarly, in areas of Bastar, Dantewada, Sukma, Kondagaon and Bijapur which are rich in mineral resources, water is affected badly by them and in some areas, minerals such as iron, mica and others affected the ground water-level to such an extent that it would become harmful for people to use it. Too much of iron, mica and other minerals in water, hamper the nervous system of the body.

Public health experts said monitoring the quality of water is essential now with cutting supply owing to dwindling resources. ‘This will force residents to tap water from sources that do not come under the official rader-a ditch with water or well that has been in disuse for long’ stated one senior officer of water resources department.

Meanwhile for curbing the situation, Public Health Engineering of state government has implemented many water purifier plants in rural areas so that people could not consume contaminated water but its existence is very small as compared to population of affected areas which is very large around 35% of the state is affected by contaminated water. At present, there are 102 water purifier plants in 10 districts of the state which is marginal to cover the 54.82 lakh population of the affected areas and to come out it from this problem there is need to install more such plants or units in these areas as soon as possible.