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15% water not potable: MCD ----Contamination highest in S. Delhi, with 50% samples

Source: The Tribune, New Delhi,, Date: June , 2009

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has found 15 per cent of the Delhi’s water to be unfit for drinking. Water contamination has been detected from various zones of the city like central zone, civil zone, Karol Bagh and south zone. Out of the 765 samples taken to test the purification level of drinking water, 90 samples came out to be unfit. In south Delhi, the contamination is highest with 50 per cent of the samples declared polluted. A total of 50 samples were tested, 25 of which were unsuitable for drinking. “According to the test carried out by the MCD, 15 per cent of the water was found to be unfit for drinking, which is quite a big number. This shows the inefficiency of the DJB,” said Ramkishan Singhal, standing committee chairman “This is serious as water contamination can lead to serious diseases. We would demand from the government to transfer the management of DJB to the corporation,” he added. In contrast to the MCD’s report on drinking water, the DJB has found just three samples to be contaminated. The samples were taken from the areas of Sadar Pahargunj zone.

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