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Delhi tap water is the safest, best in Mumbai: BIS | Indian News



NEW DELHI: Tap water in Mumbai is the safest to drink while Delhi water is the worst among 21 major cities, according to a report based on sample tests conducted by the Indian Standards Bureau (BIS). Even more alarming is the fact that all tap water samples taken from 15 of the 21 cities failed to meet one or more safety parameters during the tests carried out in the laboratory.
With Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Patna, Bengaluru, Jammu, Lucknow, Chennai and Dehradun in the list of cities where tap water quality is found below par, the first report of its kind has revealed the failure of cross-city water supply agencies to provide safe drinking water – basic right to life. Water samples were tested on 28 parameters as determined for the BIS drinking water standard notified in 2012.
Launching a report that ranks cities based on the quality of potable tap water, Union consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, "We have undertaken the task of conducting sample tests to sensitize people and institutions that care about the fundamental rights of people to get drinking water clean and safe. This problem should not be politicized because we are all concerned about human life. "
According to the test findings, only one of the samples in Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar failed and the two cities ranked second on the list followed by Ranchi and Raipur. In the case of Delhi, all 11 samples taken from various parts of the national capital, including Paswan's house, his office in Krishi Bhawan and several residential areas, failed to meet the norm on a maximum of 19 parameters.
The report shows that in most cases, samples throughout the city failed on the parameters of total dissolved solids (TDS), turbidity, total hardness, total alkalinity, minerals and metals, and the presence of coliforms and E Coli, which can cause severe illness.
Citing alarming test findings, Paswan said there was a need to make drinking water standards notified by the BIS required for all water supply agencies. He added that this is more important considering that it is not easy to take water supply and therefore efforts must be made to ensure that tap water is safe.
Feeling that the report could start a new political battle, the minister said the aim of the study was not to motivate anyone, but rather to encourage the state government to ensure piped water quality was available to all. He added that the statewide sample had failed and in the next phase, BIS would come out with sample test reports taken from the northeastern state capital and from the smart city. Then, samples will be taken from the district headquarters and their test results will be announced publicly.
Test results from the two sample sets will be announced respectively in mid-January and August 15, said a ministry of consumer affairs official.
BIS officials said they would soon hold a meeting with the public health department, the city company and see how testing facilities could be strengthened there, which was key to ensuring a safe supply of drinking water


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