Water contamination left 120 affected in Agartala

Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) administration issued public advisory for city dwellers not to drink municipal supplied pipe water without boiling for next few days following detection of the presence of bacterial infection in the water sample in a few locations.

The water contamination in water supply line was revealed when the state referral hospital Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) authority reported as many as 120 cases of diarrhea from Shibnagar area of the city in last six days and pathological investigation of the patient indicated the cause of stomach problem due to water contamination.

Minister for Health and Drinking Water and Sanitation Sudip Roy Barman said that drinking water and sanitation department had examined the water samples from three different locations of the city and found bacterial infection in the end point of supply line in Shibnagar.

The water test report of Department of Microbiology of Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) indicated, “Whereas less than 10 Minimal Probability Number (MPN) of Escherichia coli bacteria is considered safe in drinking water in the samples over 100 MPN per 100 ml of water is found exist, which is unsafe of human consumption.” The minister said after new government came in power managed some fund to replace 40-year-old water supply pipes in central zone of Agartala and the work is almost at the verge of completion.

Similarly, to combat inundation problem of the city, urban development department has undertaken massive cleaning and renovation work of the drains and during these exercise might be the water supply pipe in Shibnagar might damage and contaminated sewerage mixed up with potable water, Roy Barman apprehended. “We are trying to find out the exact location where leakage of water pipe occurred but till we identify the fault better people to drink the water after boiling but no reason to be panic,” he added.

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