PHE supplies contaminated drinking water to Tangmarg

PUTS VILLAGERS HEALTH AT RISK,GOVT IN HIBERNATION

Tangmarg: Unabated supply of contaminated drinking water by the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department is taking a heavy toll on the health of inhabitants of many villages here.
 Experts state that heavy rains wash away pollutants and dead livestock into the Ferozpora Nallah—the lone source of water supply to Tangmarg and its adjoining areas. However in absence of proper filtration the contaminated water is supplied to most of the villages here causing water borne infection among the inhabitants.
 “Despite presence of multiple water filtration plants and reservoirs in the area, water is being supplied directly to many schemes from the stream and its irrigation canals,” the locals said.
 The locals accuse the PHE Department of risking their lives by supplying contaminated water.
 “We pay water fees for getting potable drinking water. However due to negligence of the PHE authorities we are forced to drink contaminated water which has affected our health and caused many water-borne diseases,” they said.
 Executive Engineer, PHE Tangmarg Division Lateef Ahmad Malik claimed that water is supplied after proper filtration in most of the water supply schemes including Gulmarg, Baba Reshi, Ferozpora, Cheke Ferozpora, Hardeshoora and Aboora.
 “We ensure proper water filtration with Slow Sand Filtration Method and bleaching powder in filtration plants and service reservoirs. We monitor the prescribed chlorination content in the water, however, at times epidemic due to water borne diseases takes place by climatic reasons” Malik said.
 He said the department would soon use Rapid Filtration Methods to filter the water.
 However, residents of some villages refute the claims of the PHE that proper filtration was done in all water schemes.
 “In many cases like the Gonipora Water Supply Scheme, water pipes have been directly immersed into the Ferozpora Nallah and its streams and there is no question of any filtration, bleaching or chlorination because even service reservoirs do not exist there,” they said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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