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Government to come up with Water Quality Rankings for preventing water borne diseases

Waterborne diseases are caused by drinking contaminated water which can cause diseases such as diarrhea, Cholera, Typhoid and Dysentery
  • According to the latest union health ministry data available, at least 10,738 deaths were caused due to water-borne diseases over five years to 2017
  • Ram Vilas Paswan (Photo: Mint)Premium
    Ram Vilas Paswan (Photo: Mint)

    NEW DELHI:In a bid to ensure clean drinking water for keeping water borne diseases at bay, government will soon come out with Water Quality Rankings. The rankings will begin with 100 Smart Cities and all State Capitals in the next 3 months, Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. said on Monday.He was talking at the World Standard Day by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

    “It is the right of every citizen to get clean drinking water and nobody, especially the poor people who do not have access to water filters, should fall ill or become victims of water borne diseases. I have written to all State Chief Ministers to make drinking water Standards mandatory for tap water," he said.

    Waterborne diseases are caused by drinking contaminated water which can cause diseases such as diarrhea, Cholera, Typhoid and Dysentery. According to the latest union health ministry data available, at least 10,738 deaths were caused due to water-borne diseases--cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid and viral hepatitis over five years to 2017.

    The ministry recently tested water from tap water in the national capital and found it unsatisfactory. “We are awaiting the final report of the 11 samples collected from various places in Delhi and once the report is out it will be made public. The ministry will come out with Water Quality Rankings beginning with 100 Smart Cities and all State Capitals in the next 3 months and this will be extended to all districts in 6 months," Paswan said.

    The union minister also mentioned about food adulteration during the upcoming festival Diwali.

    “During Diwali a lot of sub-standard products enter the Indian market and our standards are not being implemented and that we should together work out a way for taking things forward for making Indian Standards valuable," said Paswan.

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    Published: 14 Oct 2019, 08:11 PM IST
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