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Awareness rallies on safe drinking water held

The Hindu, 21 February 2014


A rally on to create awareness on safe drinking held in Krishnagiri on Thursday.– Photo: Special Arrangement.

KRISHNAGIRI: Awareness rallies on ensuring safe drinking water were flagged off by the district collectors T.P. Rajesh in Krishnagiri and K. Vivekanandan in Dharmapuri on Thursday.

During the week-long campaign, water samples from hand-pumps, mini-power pumps, power pumps, overhead tanks and public fountains will be collected through the pump operators of local bodies concerned.

Besides, people would be encouraged to bring samples of drinking water for testing at the offices of local bodies or at schools in the locality. Mobile units will be deployed for sample collection.


Five to six lakh samples will be collected during the week, through which, people will be educated on quality standards, quality of water they are consuming and diseases likely to be caused by the poor quality.


Every panchayat will be given field water testing kit developed (patented registered) by the TWAD Board , which will be used for testing the water samples. Each kit, costing Rs. 2,100, can test 100 samples of water for 15 parameters like pH value, total hardness, content of chemicals like fluoride and nitrate.


For this purpose the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) is spending Rs. 3.55-crores across the state, the Collectors said.


Awareness rallies would be conducted in all the headquarters of the Panchayat Unions, Town Panchayats and Village Panchayats.


The fifth, sixth and seventh day of week will be for collection of samples and testing. At the end of testing, the results will be uploaded on the website of TWAD Board, says releases from the respective Collectorates. Students, employees of TWAD Board and top officials from TWAD, district level officials and local bodies participated in the rallies.