`Meenachil water not fit for consumption'

Staff Reporter

Samples show presence of nitrite and ammonia

Organisation informs the district medical officer of the findingsLocal bodies use the river as an easy dumping ground

KOTTAYAM: The Regional Analytical Laboratory at Kakkanad has warned against using Meenachil river water for drinking purposes, according to the Kottayam District Riverfish Protection Organisation.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, president Punnan Nagappally said the samples analysed at the laboratory found the presence of nitrite and ammonia, which should not be present in potable water.

They had informed the district medical officer of the findings. The organisation also found that a large quantity of human excreta was being emptied into the river at several points.

He said nearly 105 million litres of water was being pumped from the river for the 19 drinking water projects. With the onset of summer, situation might get worse.

Mr. Punnan said the main culprits were the local bodies, which used the river as an easy dumping ground.

The municipalities of Kottayam and Pala and the Erattupetta grama panchayat were among the major sources of contamination, Mr. Punnan said.

The organisation called upon the local bodies to take corrective steps immediately and asked the Collector to intervene without delay.