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Ground water in city unfit for use

The city’s ground water is not fit for consumption unless it is treated for both biological and chemical contamination. A ground water quality study conducted by the Central Ground Water Board in several parts of Hyderabad revealed that water tapped from the ground failed in a number of crucial parameters including tests related to total hardness and calcium, magnesium, chloride, sulphate and nitrate contents.

The chemical contaminants in ground water in many areas of the city were found to be “generally above desirable and many times above permissible limits.” According to the report, high fluoride levels were present in HMDA areas in Ranga Reddy and Medak districts.

Water experts worried over pollution level

The report written based on a ground water quality study conducted by the Central Ground Water Board in Hyderabad stated, “Ground water is seriously affected by the disposal of effluents in LB Nagar. Organic pollution is mostly concentrated in areas adjoining the Musi River whereas industrial pollution is spread around the industrial areas”. The Central Ground Water Board carried out the study in Uppal, Golconda, Yusufguda, Sanathnagar, Jeedimetla, Bolaram Industrial Area, Attapur, Hyderguda, Sanjeevayya Park, Kattedan, Bhulaxminagar, Niralanagar, Doctors’ Colony, Sirinagar and LB Nagar. Based on the CGWB study, the HMDA in its environmental building guidelines has declared that “ground water in Hyderabad should not be used for drinking purposes unless it is treated for both biological and chemical contamination based on the type of contaminants on site.

The treatment systems will not only be expensive to install but also tedious to maintain. Hence, it is recommended that ground water is treated and used for drinking purposes only if municipal water supply is not available.” The civic authority has warned that if ground water in Hyderabad is used for drinking without proper treatment, it could lead to health risks like scaling of skin and hair loss, learning impairment and neurological disorders, cancers, blue baby disease and dental and skeletal fluorosis. The report stated that as against the desirable total hardness of 300 ppm (parts per million), the ground water in Hyderabad had a total hardness up to 1000 ppm.

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R Ravindranath 30/08/2011 - 01:56pm

The Central Ground Water Board announced that ground water is not suitable for dirnking. They gave some suggestions etc. but what is about the waters of Hussainsagar? Can anybody go for a walk on Tank Bund and enjoy in the Lumbini or NTR parks? I cannot stand in those parks or enjoy of beauty of Buddha or Necklace Road. Tank Bund is emitting odour due to contamination and the residents of nearby areas are suffering unknown diseases. Can anybody treat the Hussainsagar for potable water?