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Study points to uranium trace in city’s drinking water

Source: The Tribune, Date: , 2015

A study being conducted at Guru Nanak Dev University pointed to the rising level of uranium in the city’s groundwater table. According to Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) of India, the permissible limit is 60 microgram per litre whereas the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend the limit to be 30 microgram per litre. An associate professor of the GNDU, Jaspal Singh, said the WHO has revised its limit from 15 microgram to 30 microgram per litre. He said, “The deep tube wells in the city of Amritsar and nearby villages are having low uranium contents as compared to the upper-level groundwater tube wells. Its carcinogenic effect can cause spurt in cases of liver and kidney malfunction.”

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