Ban­dra, Don­gri and Mu­lund lo­cals drink city’s dirt­i­est water

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Lax­man Singh

MUM­BAI: The water you drink ev­ery day could be mak­ing you very sick.

A study of water sam­ples col­lected from across Mum­bai shows the water we con­sume is get­ting dirt­ier, even when the civic body is spending crores to im­prove the qual­ity of drink­ing water. Its en­vi­ron­ment sta­tus re­port (ESR) for 2015-16 shows con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els rose to 4.6% from last year’s 4.5 %.

Mu­lund, Ban­dra and Don­gri get the dirt­i­est water, the re­port shows, with con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els as high as 13%, 10% and 8% re­spec­tively. At Dahisar, con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els went up to 6% from last year’s 3%; Parel, Sewree and Gore­gaon recorded a rise of 1% .

Con­tam­i­na­tion lev­els are an in­di­ca­tor of how much mud and harm­ful bac­te­ria is present in the water. The ESR pro­vides an an­nual sta­tus of the im­por­tant in­di­ca­tors of Mum­bai’s stan­dard of liv­ing, such as air and water qual­ity, and is re­leased by the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) ev­ery year on Au­gust 1. The re­port is sup­posed to be made avail­able to all cor­po­ra­tors and is sent to the state govern­ment, but so far, it hasn’t been pub­lished yet.

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