Ambala: The people here are forced to drink polluted water as out of 388 samples collected from rural and urban areas, 12 were found to be unfit for consumption. 

It is to be noted that 90 water samples were collected in January this year from across the town of which one was found to be impure. However, out of 83 samples collected in February, two samples were found to be unfit for drinking.

The falling standard of drinking water in the town can be gauged from the fact that nine out of 227 samples collected in March were found to be unfit for drinking.

Civil surgeon Dr Satish Agrawal said, “Water samples are regularly collected by the officials of the water supply department to find out whether it is polluted or not.”

Dr Agrawal said, 80 percent of stomach ailments are caused by drinking polluted water. We must take special care while drinking water during monsoon and summers.”

Meanwhile, water supply department Superintending Engineer NK Bindlish said, “The concerned officials have been instructed to supply chlorinated drinking water to those who are forced to drink polluted water and to look into the complaints related to polluted water supply.”

Bindlish has asked the people to report any pipe breakage or leakage to the concerned officials. He also said, water pipe passing near a drain or a sewer line must be changed as there is ample of possibility of pollution due to leakage.

(JPN/Bureau)

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