Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Drinking water mixed with sewage

Drinking water mixed with sewage near Examiner office
Residents complained that they were receiving discoloured and stinking water for the last two months. Many people were reportedly sick after drinking this water. Many people in this area suffered from diarrhea and vomiting and three people, including a 10-year old child suffered from jaundice. The residents complained that repeated complaints to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) yielded no results.

Parents of the affected child complained that the child was sick for the last 20 days. They complained that they were receiving contaminated water and the water they received a couple of days before was blackish. According them even though the BWSSB workers came and did some cleaning work, the problems persisted. The residents have given water samples for testing.

According to another resident, sanitary lines were often clogged. Residents also complained that the legislator of the area inspected the area and promised relief. However, residents complained that nothing was done. Residents also blamed two hotels nearby for releasing waste into the drains.

T Venkataraju, chief engineer (maintenance) BWSSB, said that the area engineers had examined the sumps of all the houses in the locality. He added that the domestic pipeline of one of the houses was damaged resulting in drinking water mixing with sewage. He said that there is no need to panic as only a few houses could be affected. He informed that the BWSSB was supplying tanker water to the affected area

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