A report by public health laboratory, Assam, has said that water treated by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation is suitable for consumption, on Thursday.
The report came out amid many concerns over turbidity of the Brahmaputra.
The report said a sample of the river’s water collected from Panbazar had revealed high turbidity and iron, rendering it unsafe for drinking, but water treated in GMC’s plant was ‘suitable’ for consumption. It said the river sample contained 1,304 nephelometric turbidity unit (NTU) against the maximum desirable limit of 5 NTU, heavy sediments and 29.0 mg/l of iron against the maximum desirable limit of 0.30 mg/l.
The report added that the water, after treatment in GMC plant, showed zero turbidity, clarity, unobjectionable odour and no taste. ‘No ingredient in the sample is more than the desirable limit. So people of Guwahati can safely consume and use the water supplied from our treatment plant,’ GMC mayor Mrigen Sarania said.
Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering met Union minister of State for Defence Arjun Ram Meghwal in Delhi and appealed to him to compensate losses incurred by farmers and fishermen as the pollution is affecting fish, livestock, crops and human beings.
Source: The Telegraph