Vijayawada

Water contamination cases go up in city

Contamination of drinking water has become a major problem for residents in various areas of the city.

The number of complaints against contaminated drinking water supply by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation went up recently.

In the last one month, as many as 11 cases of contaminated drinking water in various municipal divisions have been registered by the civic body’s grievance cell. The complaints were made by the public through the 103 service and Municipal Administration department’s Puraseva mobile application. Since April 1, 2017, only 24 cases of drinking water contamination have reported by the public and a majority of them have been resolved.

In all the cases, residents complained of supply of drinking water mixed with drainage water and bad odour. The concern over contaminated drinking water has grown in the wake of seasonal diseases in the past month. Officials say that leaking pipelines are the only cause of water contamination. The number of complaints regarding drinking water supply and water pipelines leakages has also gone up. Over 48 complaints related to general drinking water supply and 15 cases of water pipeline leakages have been registered. Contamination of drinking water due to outdated pipelines and overflowing underground drainages has been a problem since long in the many areas.

Fears allayed

“We have not come across the cases of illness due to contaminated drinking water. Also, the number of cases of seasonal diseases at the urban health centres is normal. We are closely monitoring the situation at health centres on a daily basis,” VMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arjuna Rao said. The civic body recently laid new drinking water pipelines in many areas of the city.

“Even after the new pipelines were laid, we get impure drinking water. We have to use cloth or tap purifiers to filter the black particles that are always part of the water we get,” said D. Kavitha, a resident of Christurajpuram.

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