Provide safe drinking water

Protests about quality of water are frequently reported in the length and breadth of the valley

Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 23 2018 11:21PM | Updated Date: Feb 23 2018 11:21PM

Although meagre, yet the recent snowfall ended the dry season in Kashmir. However still the chances of all the people getting proper drinking water seem quite bleak. Only 54 percent of rural habitation gets proper drinking water notwithstanding the abundance of resources. According to official data, 8535 out of 15798 rural habitations were being provided drinking water at 40-55 litres Per Capita per Day (LPCD). The towns and cities are being provided safe drinking water @70-135 LPCD. The remaining 7263 rural habitations were partially covered with varying supply level of drinking water. Around 3958 Slow Sand/Rapid

Sand filtration plants, with conventional technology, are functional in the state. The shortcomings in the system can be reflected by the shortage of filtration plants in the prestigious Pahalgam constituency. Only 17 of 42 plants are functional. The reports from other constituencies are equally disturbing. Official data further reveals that 64 percent of the population is provided drinking water. However, of this only 34 percent get safe drinking water. The results are obvious.  Every year outbreak of water borne diseases is reported from rural areas especially in South Kashmir where there is no dearth of water. There are some places where water is supplied after chlorination.  According to experts, this is not enough. The people who take such water have to keep their fingers crossed. This does not mean that the city dwellers get safe water. Protests about quality of water are rampant in the city areas. The government has to show some seriousness and do the needful. If the people are made to protest for such mundane issues, the authorities need to do some introspection. It means they have failed on this front as well. As mentioned earlier, there is no dearth of water in Kashmir. The resources need to be tapped properly and a little filtration, purification can solve the problem. The people also need to refrain from polluting the streams and springs. Many a spring have already been lost, and if proper care is not taken, disaster seems quite imminent. The civil society has a vital role to play in this regard.

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