Residents flay supply of contaminated water

not potable:Residents of ward 21 of Virudhunagar town displaying contaminated water.

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Residents of ward 21 of Virudhunagar town have complained of sewage mixing with drinking water supplied through pipeline.

The residents fumed that drinking water was being supplied only two times a month in the town.

And even that little water was not usable for any purpose, a resident said.

Stating that chikungunya broke out in the area few months back, they fear of falling victim to diarrhoea due to water contamination.

The problem was prevalent in Marimuthu lane, Ramasamy lane, Andichiamman lane, Poosari lane and Kuppaiah lane, they said.

The ward councillor, N. Thangapandiammal, said she had complained about the issue to the administration two months back.

But no concrete action has been taken so far.

From THE HINDU

Contaminated drinking water: Seven fall sick

HYDERABAD: Tension prevailed at Gandhi Kutir basti in Narayanguda on Tuesday with the 3,000 odd basti residents alleging health problems due to contaminated drinking water that is being supplied to the area. Reportedly 30 persons, including several children from this basti, fell sick in the last 10 days. On Tuesday, seven
people, including three children were admitted to Fever Hospital.

Residents claimed that the basti has been getting polluted water over the last six to seven months and despite registering complaints with the water board, no action was taken. “We get dirty water for the first 30 minutes of the supply and just when the clean water starts coming, the supply stops,” said M Satyamma, a resident of the basti.

Another resident, Radhika, added that in the last one week, at least 100 residents had to get admitted in Fever Hospital and other private hospitals with health problems due to contaminated water.

Responding to the situation, the district health authorities set up a medical camp in the basti on Tuesday and found cases of typhoid, viral fever, body pain and other minor ailments. As many as 120 people of those screened had health problems, said district medical and health officer Dr Ch Jayakumari. The health officials distributed chlorine tablets along with ORS sachets and paracetamol tablets to the ailing residents and said that the medical camp will continue for two days. Besides, the water samples were sent to the Institute of Preventive Medicine for testing quality.

“The water board officials took the matter lightly. Had they taken it seriously, the situation would not have become so serious,” said J Hemawathi, local corporator.

District collector Natrajan Gulzar and health minister D Nagender visited the spot and directed the water board officials to replace the pipelines in the area immediately.

Meanwhile, rubbishing the allegations of the residents that they fell sick due to contaminated water, water board officials said that potable water was being supplied to the residents.

“There was a marriage in the area some time ago. This is in response to that. We have tested the water in front of the basti residents and found traces of chlorine, which confirms that it is potable water. All the residents have pit taps which are not maintained hygienically,” said P V Rama Babu, director, operations, Water Board.

However, Babu further said that as per the instructions of the health minister, the Water Board will replace the existing pipelines including those of individual connections. The work will be completed in about 15 days, he said adding that the water supply through the pipelines will be stopped for the next three days and the basti will be supplied water through water tankers.

From THE HINDU

Human rights commission orders filing of report on water contamination

CHENNAI: The State Human Rights Commission on Monday ordered that the Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Commissioner, Chennai Corporation, and the Chennai Collector should file a report to the Commission on a report regarding contamination of groundwater in West Mogappair. Taking suo motu cognisance of a report in The Hindu dated June 21, a Bench of the Commission comprising Justice A.S. Venkatachalamoorthy, Chairperson, and A.R. Selvakumar, Member, said the officials should file the report on the various averments made in the news item. It should be sent to the Commission in three days. As per the report, the residents alleged that contamination was due to leak of oil from a petrol filling station.

From THE HINDU

Water contamination alleged

CHENNAI: Residents of around 60 houses in West Mogappair have complained that the ground water in their area has been contaminated with oil for almost a year now. They said that the contamination is due to leakage of oil from a petrol pump situated in the vicinity.

Oily: A sample of the contaminated water in West Mogappair. — Photo: K. Pichumani

Eyewitnesses said some residents took to the streets on Sunday morning demanding that the issue be addressed immediately.

“We wrote to the Commissioner’s office, the Collector and the Pollution Control Board in the past one year. We were assured by the Board that steps had been taken to curb the problem, but the contamination still persists,” said Kalaivani, a resident.

“Initially, it was just one street that was affected, but now, with the rains, the problem has perpetuated to other streets of the block,” said Anabarasan, a resident.

Alleging that most hand pumps in their area tap drained water, the residents said that due to water shortage, they needed to buy water on a regular basis. Besides, the contaminated water from the wells has been causing them various health problems, they said.

Some officials at the Indian Oil Corporation petrol pump said that when such a complaint was brought to their notice last year, they had taken all steps to check and prevent any contamination from their side.

Chances of leakage, they said, are negligible because the petrol pump has an oil-separator and a concrete pit to detect and collect all leaked material and prevent it from pervading other areas.

They also said that readings showed no abnormal loss of material that signaled any kind of leakage.

Urging government officials to look into the drainage and sewage system of the area, an official of the IOCL said,

“Any kind of an oil leakage is a cause of concern for all of us. The dealer will have to take it up with the concerned authorities, trace the leakage points and find out where the water is actually getting contaminated, if that is the case.”

From THE HINDU

Contaminated water supply in Shimla

Shimla, Feb.13 (ANI): Residents of Shimla are a worried lot these days following a contaminated water supply to their houses which has become a major health hazard. The administration says, the samples tested have been found okay.

Till now, over 200 patients, including tourists and locals, have been treated for viral infections due to consumption of contaminated water.

The problem has been continuing for last few days. Some locals fear that the water problem may affect the local tourism industry.

Shimla is a famous hill station, visited by honeymooners and others in large numbers.

The most affected areas being Shimla’s Vikasnagar, Kasumpti and New Shimla.

Over two dozen government and private hospitals in the area have registered cases of patients suffering from water-borne diseases like Hepatitis E and Jaundice.

Meanwhile, as per medical practitioners the rampant illness among people is due to consumption of contaminated water.

‘For the past 10-15 days we are receiving contaminated water supply. Drinking the dirty water is resulting in various kinds of viral infections like jaundice amongst the people in the area. Shimla is a tourist hub and people come here in large numbers especially during the winter season. But if the visitors come to know about this problem then it will affect the city’s tourism greatly. So, we want the local government to take immediate action regarding the same,’ said Sohan Singh, a local resident of Shimla.

The affected localities are supplied water from the Ashwani Khud drinking water scheme, managed by the Irrigation and Public

Health Department (IPH) and distributed by the Shimla Municipal Corporation.

Local administrative authorities, however, claim that all the water sources in the area are regularly tested and verified in different laboratories.

‘We are regularly testing the water sources, not just in labs here in Shimla but we have also got the samples tested in the government authorized laboratory in national capital Delhi. The water samples have been deemed safe for consumption. For the satisfaction of the locals, I have ordered that the water samples are tested on a regular basis,’ said Ravinder Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health minister of Himachal Pradesh.

Ravi blamed the local residents of certain areas like Vikasnagar for the problem saying it happens because they have not taken the sewage supply connection, which in turn, is contaminating the drinking water supplied in the area.

(ANI) – [NF] – By Hemant Chauhan – SindhToday

Salem: Protest against supply of ‘contaminated water’

SALEM: Over 50 residents of wards 36 and 37 attempted to block the traffic in Ammapet here on Monday protesting against the supply of contaminated water.

They claimed that the Salem Corporation was supply drinking water mixed with sewage for the past few days.

Despite repeated complaints, officials and councillors had failed to take steps to sort out the problem, they charged. Police personnel pacified the residents.

From THE HINDU

Chennai: Water contamination on rise

CHENNAI: After the initial spell of heavy rain, residents in several colonies in the city are forced to live with contaminated water. Either sewer mains on arterial roads overflow or water supplied to houses through pipelines is contaminated.

In Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Nethaji Nagar, Annai Sandhya Nagar, Patel Nagar, Vinoba Nagar (Tondiarpet), Thiruvengadasamy Street, and Mannarsamy Koil Street near Decaster Road (Pulianthope), residents are compelled to wade through sewage to collect water from Metrowater taps and storage tanks. The situation is no different in Velachery and in Meenambal Nagar, Korukkupet, where floods continued to wreak havoc.

“It is a repeat of last year. There is sewage overflowing in the street. Houses here are flooded with sewage and rainwater. Toilets overflow, too. Water supplied to households stinks; it cannot be used for cooking,” says I Shabanu, a resident of Mannarsamy Koil Street, Pulianthope.
The neighbouring Thiruvengadasamy Street, where Metrowater’s unit office for divisions 40 and 41 is located, is also filled with sewage.

Residents say that even the presence of the residential quarters for police constables on the street has not improved the civic infrastructure. Children frequently fall sick here; the cause is usually diarrhoea. Another harsh spell of rain, and the situation could turn worse.

Metrowater has installed quite a number of storage tankers in north Chennai, but some residents say that money has to be paid for ‘potable water’ either to the local politician or to the staff. Says Salima Bi of Patel Nagar, who pays money to get water: “We get a pot of water for Rs 3 from the tanker driver. Or else, we will have to keep awake late into the night to get good piped water.”

Residents of Veerakutty Street in Tondiarpet are now relieved. After mayor M Subramanian visited the area on Monday morning and directed corporation staff to pump out water, floodwaters receded. “We could not meet him and tell him of the contamination of piped water supply,” says D Shanthi.

In Meenambal Nagar, most of the houses in its five streets have stagnant sewage and rainwater. “There is an overflow from toilets in our area. Drinking water supplied in pipes stinks,” says Jansi Rani of First Street, Meenambal Nagar. Corporation staff continue to operate pump sets to clear sewage from clogged manholes.

Metrowater managing director, Shiv Das Meena, told TOI that wherever water inundation was reported, Metrowater supplied water through tankers. According to an official, the agency is increasing the dosage of chlorine in water distribution stations and treatment plants, besides distributing chlorine tablets to the public.

The corporation has started pumping out water from the subways and patch-up works on 230 rain-affected roads in the city. The mayor said people could call 1913 in case of emergency.

From TIMESOFINDIA