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Over 98% of 4,204 water samples collected found fit to drink: DJB

Over 98% of 4,204 water samples collected found fit to drink: DJB

New Delhi: The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Wednesday said it collected over 4,200 water samples for testing in the last 10 days from across the national Capital and more than 98 per cent of them were found fit for drinking. Addressing the media here DJB Vice Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said, "Among the 4,204 samples, 4,128 proved 'satisfactory', and 76 samples proved 'unsatisfactory'. The high rate of satisfactory samples (98.19 per cent) is comfortably within the WHO norms i.e. 96 per cent."

He also added that only 1.81 per cent of the samples turned to be unsatisfactory while detailing the findings. At least five samples were collected from every ward. "The sample rate aligns with the WHO norms i.e. one sample per 10,000 people. The names, phone numbers, and addresses of every sample household were recorded to ensure transparency in the process. The sealed samples were tested in the laboratories of the DJB on 29 parameters," added Mohaniya.

As per the report shared by Mohaniya, the percentage of 'satisfactory' samples from every water production centre/treatment plants are — Wazirabad (95.71 per cent), Haiderpur (100 per cent), TYR Tahirpur (94.33 per cent), Nangloi (99.47 per cent), Dwarka (98.40 per cent), Bawana (100 per cent), Greater Kailash (100 per cent) and Okhla (100 per cent).

"A comprehensive quality test of 4,204 samples collected from across the city proves that Delhi's water is fit to drink", Mohaniya pressed while presenting the details of the test results. He termed the earlier Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) report as a mischievous effort to malign the Delhi government just before the elections and serve the commercial interests of the RO manufacturers.

"BIS data shows that it didn't follow the SOP and even violated the norms of WHO to conclude that Delhi's water is not potable by testing just 11 samples. BIS collected these samples in an unscientific way without transparency. As everyone later came to know, it even made false claims on the said sample collection and announced in hurry that water in Delhi is not drinkable," he further added.

"In an appeal to quash an NGT order in the Supreme Court, RO manufacturers quoted the BIS report." Mohaniya added.

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