Delhi Jal Board water contaminated with human feces

March 10th, 2011 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) At least 18 percent of water supplied by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), the primary supplier in the national capital, was found to be contaminated with human feces, a Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) committee revealed Thursday.

MCD’s public health committee carried out tests of samples of DJB water in all city zone areas. Over 60 percent of the households in Delhi consume water supplied by DJB.

“We had taken about 616 samples of water from various areas around the city. Out of this, 111 samples were found to contain fecal contamination,” V.K. Monga, chairman of MCD’s public health committee, told IANS.

The samples were collected during January-February 2011 and were tested by the Public Health Laboratory of MCD.

He said that such water is not fit for consumption and can cause water-borne disease like cholera, gastroenteritis, typhoid, and jaundice, among others.

“The measurement of the growth of bacteria in a water sample revealed that every 100 ml sample of water contained more than 10 bacteria most of them because of fecal contamination. Such water is unfit for consumption,” Monga said.

Monga also claimed that the water contamination happens due to mixing of sewer and water plant pipe lines, interrupted water supply and rusted water pipes.

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