Friday, February 8, 2008

Many taken ill due to water contamination The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News :

The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : Many taken ill due to water contamination: "Several people were admitted to hospital after they were taken ill due to suspected water contamination at Bharathinagar here. While the news came to light on Sunday, residents of the area claim that people have been falling ill at least for the past 20 days.
Sources said that about 60 people have been admitted and some have fallen severely ill, most common of which have been severe dehydration and diarrhoea.

They attribute the water contamination to open manholes in the area which have polluted the water supply lines. The areas affected include Thimmaiah Road, Police Main Road, Armstrong Road and Fruit Stall Road in Bharathinagar ward.
Only seven

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), however, said that only seven people have fallen ill and that the problem arose only on Sunday.

A senior engineer told The Hindu that those who have taken ill had been admitted to the Bharathinagar Government Hospital and a private nursing home and were treated as outpatients.

“If there is any water contamination, it could be only a local problem. The water lines could have been contaminated when the pipes were drawn to houses in the area. Engineers from the water board have been in the area since we heard the news and are trying to find out what the problem is,” he said.

BWSSB disconnected water supply to the area in the morning on Sunday. Water samples have been collected from the area and sent to the Central Water Testing laboratory for analysis.

“BWSSB is supplying only chlorinated water and there is no chance for any contamination,” a spokesperson from the water board said. He said that the board has started supplying water through tankers to the area.

Water is supplied to Bharathinagar from the BWSSB’s low-level reservoir near the High Grounds Police Station. Apart from being treated at the pumping stations at T.K. Halli, Cauvery water supplied to the area is also chlorinated at this ground level reservoir."

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