New Delhi: Consuming water without its purification in the national capital can make you fall sick, as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has claimed that 18 per cent of the water supplied by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is contaminated.

One in every five people is said to consume contaminated water that causes diseases like jaundice, typhoid. According to the civic agency, in the summer season, contaminated water can lead to serious diseases.

Suggesting solutions to improve the quality of water, MCD wrote a letter to the Chief Minister saying it should speed up the repair works of the broken pipelines, which facilitate polluting of water.

The civic agency suggested forming a joint committee, which should include experts from both MCD and Delhi Government.
Expressing concern over poor quality of water, Public Health Committee chairman Dr V K Monga stated that 747 water samples from all areas of Delhi, where water is supplied by DJB, were taken during the period of January 1 to March 15, this year.

After the testing of the samples by government’s laboratory, 126 samples were found unfit for drinking.

Out of 747, 18 per cent were found to contain high quantity of bacteria.

“As per the standards, the bacterial presence in drinking water should not be more 10 Colony Farming Unit (CFU). But in the samples collected by our team, we found more than 10,” said Dr Monga.

Highest amount of bacteria was found in south Delhi and Karol Bagh with 21 out of 109 samples and 19 out of 59 samples, respectively.

The contamination of water is due to the broken pipelines and sewage water pipes passing through these pipes.

Dr Monga added that the tests were done to aware people as this can cause diseases like jaundice, typhoid, cholera, etc.

He also informed that similar results were found out when 111 samples, out of 616, had failed the tests.

Raising doubts over the reports by MCD, Dr Monga said that all the tests were conducted in accordance with the government guidelines.

The MCD laboratory is accredited by the Central government and quality of water was tested by the same lab during Commonwealth Games, 2010.

JPN/Bureau