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Jal Sansthan claim of purity challenged Residents Lament Supply Of Water Contaminated With Sand Particles, Algae & Sewage

Priyanka Singh, Times Of India, 04 February 2014


Lucknow: Residents from across the city expressed surprise over Jal Sansthan’s RTI reply that water it supplies across city is absolutely potable the way it is and does not need any further treatment through a filter or purifier. Activist Nutan Thakur had sought information under RTI Act about the quality of water being supplied to people as she was receiving contaminated water supply.


The department claimed it uses technical and scientific process to purify raw water to a definite level, which is then supplied to houses and is directly potable.


More so, Jal Sansthan’s claim falls flat on its face when the condition of distribution pipelines and cleanliness of over-head water tanks is checked. Residents of different localities blamed Jal Sansthan for supplying water contaminated with sand particles, algae and even sewage waste.


Thakur argues water and sewer pipelines of her locality are so closely laid that any leakage in them would result in mixing of impurities in the supply water. The quality of pipelines is so inferior it can easily develop perforations giving way to dirt particles, she argues. People also complained that storage tanks are rarely cleaned and are infected by dead rats, algae deposition, sand particles, etc.


When asked, Jal Sansthan was quick to defend that it chlorinates water at three levels—in the settling tank near origin, zonal reservoirs and then finally in overhead tanks of localities. Officials said “since water is freshly supplied every time and chlorinated at three stages, it leaves no room for contamination. But, if residents still see impurities, it means there is leakage at their point of connection. People can always complain and we would quickly fix the problem.”


The explanation didn’t go down well with people who argued that it is Jal Sansthan’s responsibility to ensure pure drinking water is supplied to every household from which they collect water tax. Dr R K Verma of Aliganj said “treating water at origin is not enough and Jal Sansthan should regularly clean water tanks too.”


He argued that most people don’t complain due to ignorance. “High level of chlorine in water is harmful for bones and kidneys. Such water can’t be stored for long as it starts stinking.”


Ashish Sharma of Aashiana, said Jal Sansthan should mention in the RTI reply where they get water samples tested and how often, which localities they choose for samples, what is the chemical and biological report of sample, bacterial and viral counts in it, etc.


“Germs don’t grow in low temperature. Samples should be obtained during monsoons and peak summers. Around 70% samples are not conforming to prescribed norms”, claimed Dr Verma and argued that most diseases like cholera, jaundice, gastroenteritis, diarrhea and intestinal infections are water-borne break out July to September.


Jal Sansthan, on the other hand, claimed they send 15-20 drinking water specimens from different localities to the State Health Institute for testing daily. “Jal Sansthan is the only agency in city to supply clean and potable water. There are many who don’t use water purifiers but are healthy,” claimed Jal Sansthan.




Jal Sansthan’s RTI reply claims water supply fit for direct consumption Insists no need for further purification through filters or RO machines


People often complain of dirty water supply, mixed with sand particles, algae, even sewage


Residents claim no definitive policy for cleaning of water tanks in localities


Claim reply not satisfactory, should be specific about chemical analysis reports of samples


Jal Sansthan blamed for hyper chlorination, leads to stinking smell, unfit for storage


People ask explanation for disease outbreaks during summers of waterborne diseases


Jal Sansthan says it chlorinates supply water at three levels, leaves no room for impurities