Shimla water supply contaminated with sewerage from overflowing SMC manholes: IPH Alert
At many places, sewerage manholes have been seen overflowing, officials said adding that this is a common problem in Sanjauli, Chhota Shimla, Kasumpti, Khalini Vikas Nagar, BCS, New Shimla and Lakkar Bazar.
SHIMLA- Is Shimla, which saw the worst of jaundice in December last year due to water contamination, facing the threat of water-borne diseases again? This question has come to haunt the hill town in the wake of the irrigation and public health department alerting the district administration about the mixing of sewerage with water supply lines.
In a letter, the department has informed the deputy commissioner about the ground realities of how water contamination can occur in the tourist town. Last year in December, jaundice outbreak had claimed 24 lives while over 5,000 were taken ill.
In a letter, the irrigation and public health department officials informed the deputy commissioner that sewer lines and water lines have been laid side by side in Shimla municipal area. At many places, sewerage manholes have been seen overflowing, officials said adding that this is a common problem in Sanjauli, Chhota Shimla, Kasumpti, Khalini Vikas Nagar, BCS, New Shimla and Lakkar Bazar.
They said many times, MC officers were telephonically informed about the chambers overflowing and leakage of water lines. They said a similar situation might exist underground due to seepage.
It was further said that in many areas, water lines cross parallel drainage lines along the roads in the town.
During rainfall these lines get submerged. If there is a pin top leakage in water lines, then there is 100% chance of contaminated water entering these lines, the letter said. Such a situation can cause water-borne diseases in spite of IPH and MC providing clear water to consumers, it added.
The letter said therefore it is very essential to jointly monitor such sites and separate sewer lines and chambers from water supply lines by a marginal distance. If contamination happens then who is to be blamed for this error, it added.
Shimla deputy mayor Tikender Singh Panwar said water being supplied to residents is tested on a daily basis and sewerage connections too are being checked regularly.
He said whenever any leakage is detected, the same is plugged instantly. He said instead of writing to deputy commissioner, officials of irrigation and public health department should have discussed the matter with municipal corporation officials.
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