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Biratnagar residents complain of contaminated water supply
Dec 13, 2014-
Local residents of Biratnagar Sub Metropolis have complained that the drinking water supplied to them through taps were contaminated, posing a serious health risk for them.
The “impure water” supplied from distribution system of Biratnagar has compounded their worries of contracting Hepatitis E, a liver infection caused by a virus, as the sub metropolitan city witnessed a jaundice outbreak seven months ago, killing 12 people and affecting more than 2,000 others.
Laboratory tests of water samples sent from the jaundice affected area suggested that the water-borne infection was caused by consumption of contaminated water.
Local residents said that the failure of concerned authorities to put out a formal notice that the water they are using is drinkable has added to their worries.
Uttam Dhungel, chairman of Public Forum, a local NGO, said that failure of concerned authorities to assure the locals that water they are using is pure, uncontaminated and drinkable has made the matter worse.
While the Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC), Biratnagar claimed that water being supplied in the sub metropolis is “pure and drinkable”, Chief District Officer Ganeshraj Karki said that the water has to be necessarily boiled to make it drinkable
Santosh Kumar Rauniyar of the NWSC assured that the water they are supplying in Biratnagar is safe to drink as damaged water pipes have already been repaired. He further said that old pipes have been replaced in some areas and that the water being distributed is always chlorinated beforehand.
Despite the assurance of the water authorities, it has been found that water pipes in many areas in the sub metropolis have developed cracks, letting sewerages seep into the drinking water system.
However, Rauniyar said that water pipes in many places were laid more than 50 years ago and that preparations are underway to replace all the old pipes.
He said that they received Rs 12 million this fiscal year to replace all the old water pipes in the sub metropolis in order to ensure that the drinking water supplied to the consumers is devoid of any contamination.
Published: 14-12-2014 09:29