10K households in Gurugram being supplied dirty water
Gurugram: Last year, more people in Gurugram were affected by Diarrhoea than Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria combined. This year also, there has been no change as the number of patients is slowly beginning to increase with the rise in mercury. A test carried out by the district health department in March revealed lakhs of residents in the city may be at the risk of contracting water-borne diseases.
The public body had collected 16 water samples from different parts of the city and observed that the water supplied from water boosting station at Civil Lines and city bus stand is heavily contaminated. The water had negligible amount of chlorination. It, however, had high levels of chemicals that can make people sick.
The warning signs can be gauged from the fact the Civil Lines boosting station is supplying water to over 10,000 households in the city. This is not for the first time when tests have been conducted to test the purity of the water. Previously also, water samples collected from posh areas revealed presence of large amounts of salts in the water. Last year also, it was observed that supply of drinking water to 174 areas in the city was unfit for drinking. Various RTI replies have also exposed the state of unkempt water tanks of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
Impure drinking water and presence of large amounts of minerals in the ground water reserves seem to be a major concern in South Haryana districts. The worst impact is being felt in the Mewat region where it is believed that a large number of cancer cases being reported is due to consumption of contaminated water. This issue was recently raised in the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha. Speaking on the issue, the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar advocated the formation of committee of Southern Haryana districts led by Gurugram and Faridabad to deal with the challenge.
Medical experts highlight over 30 per cent of the Diarrhoea cases in the city were due to consumption of contaminated food and water. Wearingly, there were a large number of minors and infants who were affected by the disease.
The seriousness of the situation came to light when on a single day, there were more than 20 patients from Om Vihar suffering from Diarrhoea registered themselves for treatment at the Civil hospital. There was also a death of a 20-year-old due to the disease.