‘Quarter of Delhi slum dwellers drink impure water’

March 21st, 2012 - 10:42 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Around a quarter of families living in slums across the national capital are drinking contaminated water, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The survey was conducted ahead of World Water Day Thursday by the NGO “Save the Children” in 60 slum clusters in six districts of Delhi.

The NGO tested different drinking water outlets such as Delhi Jal Board pipelines, water tankers as well as submersible pumps and hand pumps for biological contamination.

The findings show that the quality of water is alarmingly poor in slum clusters across Delhi with around 26.52 percent of families living in Delhi’s slums drinking contaminated water.

“Though tests were confined largely to slums, a few water sources were randomly tested in planned localities as well. It was found that often, the type of habitation is a determinant of water quality. For example, a sample tested in south Delhi’s Alaknanda tested negative,” said the survey.

Water pollution has a direct bearing on the health of people, especially children.

“Children suffering from diarrhoea are more prone to malnutrition and malnourished children are more likely to suffer from diarrhoea. It is a vicious cycle and children often are most vulnerable to it,” said Ishaprasad Bhagwat, National Manager (Health), Save the Children.

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