Tral village gets ‘contaminated’ drinking water

Drinking water supplied from Soinar water supply scheme to a village here is risking the public health, local residents told Greater Kashmir on Friday.
Tral village gets ‘contaminated’ drinking water
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Drinking water supplied from Soinar water supply scheme to a village here is risking the public health, local residents told Greater Kashmir on Friday.

Locals of Jawaharpura accused the Public Health Engineering department officials of supplying unfiltered water to the area.

"We have never seen PHE employees filtering water. We approached them many times, but they take the matter for granted," Mushtaq Ahmed, a local resident, alleged.

When this reporter visited Soinar water supply scheme—16 kms away from Tral town—a temporary light sheet of iron was seen as cover over the source of water there.

Anyone can lift this water or throw anything into it.

"The origin of water should be guarded properly. How can the department be so callous? It won't take them much to fix a lock on it," Ahmed said.

The water is supplied through rusted pipes to the village.

This reporter found the door of the water storage tank open. There was no employee to stop visitors from going near the tank.

Muneer Ahmed Lone, a local resident, told Greater Kashmir that they approached department many times with their grievances, "but so far nothing has been done."

"In the past, there were instances in Tral when animal carcasses were recovered from the water tank," Lone said.

Despite repeated attempts, Executive Engineer PHE Awantipura, Nazir Ahmed couldn't be contacted for his comments.

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