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JammuPHE supplies untreated water to Doda town, Treatment plant defunct

PHE supplies untreated water to Doda town, Treatment plant defunct


Doda, May 10 : Public Engineering (PHE) department of and 's district Doda have been supplying contaminated water to thousands of  people living in Doda city owing to which people are suffering serious water born diseases.
Situated about 5 kilometers away from Doda town, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department's water filtration plant in village Moochan is not working smoothly as the clarifier and circular were defunct and unable to blend chemicals such as alum and chlorine in the water properly.
The locals complain that unfiltered and muddy water was being supplied to them without any filtration has been done. It is pertinent to mentioned here that since 1 December 2015 to 15 January 2016, 361 Jaundice cases have been reported in the town.
“We are not able to consume the contaminated water that is being supplied to us. A month back, I took a glass of tap water but even after boiling it I fell ill and doctors diagnosed that I was infected with hepatitis virus due to contaminated water,” a local said and added, “The doctor advised me to refrain from consuming the tap water.”
A six member special squad was constituted by the Deputy Commissioner Doda in 2015 to check the quality of water comprises of Food Safety Officer, Naib Tehsildar, Chemist of PHE department, Junior Engineer PHE department, Epidemiologist district hospital, Doda Dr Umar Anayat and a senior pathologist.
“Out of the 18 water samples collected by the team from various sites in Doda, 13 of them were found positive (unsafe) for consumption,” said a member.
Later, a report was submitted to Deputy Commissioner has clearly mentioned that water in the distribution system at consumer end was found not safe for drinking.
Dr. Mohammed Iqbal said, “Waterborne diseases are always on the higher side in Doda town owing to impure water supply and there are sporadic reports of jaundice and hepatitis.”
Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering (PHE) Doda Wahid Zarger said, “I have been facing huge staff crunch as there is no Assistant Executive Engineer posted here since October and none of the lower staff member is technically trained, they have no knowledge of how to use chlorine. Now I am training them.”
“Owing to shortage of 50 per cent of manpower we cannot do daily sampling, earlier, we used liquid Alum treatment, but now we are suing solid Alum treatment,” he added.
It is pertinent to mentioned here that Jammu and Kashmir's governments much hyped Doda-Dessa gravity water supply scheme which was completed a year back with cost of 26.32 crores also laying defunct since past few months as the concerned department is completely failed to repair the damaged.
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