Rural drinking water contaminated: Study
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Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2009, 13:30
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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First Published: Monday, November 23, 2009, 13:30

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