Rural drinking water contaminated: Study
Ahmedabad: An assessment study by Water
and Sanitation Management Organisation (WASMO) has found
presence of chemicals and bacteriological contamination, which
could cause water-borne diseases in drinking water samples
tested across rural areas in eight major districts of Gujarat.
Findings of the Multi-District Assessment of Water
Safety (M-DAWS) study, which was released recently, also said
that residual chlorine, crucial for ensuring water quality and
protection from micro-biological contamination, was absent in
almost all samples tested across the districts.
Micro-biological contamination is a prime contributor
for water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery.
The study conducted between March 2007 and December
2008, included Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara, Surat,
Mehsana, Valsad, Dangs and Kutch districts.
The water samples for the study were collected for
different sources of drinking water like hand-pumps,
Individual Water Supply Scheme (IWSS), Regional Water Supply
Scheme (RWSS), and open wells.
Along with water quality testing, sanitary
surveillance was also conducted in rural areas of all the
districts as sanitary conditions around drinking water sources
leads to contamination and deterioration in water quality.
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