Bangaloreans who think that the water you drink is safe, think again! 61% of the water samples collected in and around Bangalore were found unfit for drinking.
Tests carried out by the state laboratory of Public Health Institute revealed the presence of faecal E.coli bacteria in more than half the samples collected. Out of 2,728 water samples collected from various agencies and individuals, 1,656 were found to be unfit for drinking. About 10% of the samples collected also had high amounts of hazardous chemical contaminants.
According to a report in The New Indian Express, an official from the lab said that the samples collected from Shanthi Nagar, Shivajinagar, Gandhi Nagar, Padmanabha Nagar and Balepet in the first quarter of 2016 were found unfit for drinking.
“We usually neglect the presence of E.coli, as it may not cause much harm to health. However, faecal E.coli bacteria is dangerous and causes several diseases such as diarrhoea, hepatitis-B, typhoid, gastroenteritis and others,” the official said.
According to the PHI official, the bacteria in the drinking water might be due to underground drainage contamination. He suggested that the authorities find and plug such leaks in the drainage system.