Over the last few decades or so, Meghalaya has started facing ‘serious problems’ of surface and groundwater pollution due to indiscriminate discharge of untreated municipal effluents, industries, agricultural runoff, the latest report issued by the State Pollution Control Board said.
It was also reported that in order to obtain information regarding the overall health and general environmental state of the rivers and ground-water resources in the state, the Meghalaya Pollution Control Board has been monitoring the water quality in selected water bodies under the National Water Monitoring Programme on a regular basis.
“The monitoring covers 20 rivers/streams, four lakes and seven springs/wells. A total of 54 sampling locations (47 of surface water and seven of groundwater) are being monitored on a regular basis,” the report read, adding that the monitoring of water quality is a step towards control of water pollution as indicated in the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.
Source: The Times of India