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Friday, August 05, 2005

Contaminated water

Mid Day reports (I am reproducing the article in full because it's important):
A test conducted on 84 water samples from different parts of the city on July 29 at the BMC laboratory at Dadar (W) revealed that 58 samples in the lot was unfit for human consumption. [Sic.] Some samples were found to be contaminated by dangerous Ecoli bacteria.

Said hydraulic engineer T V Shah, “Underground water tanks get contaminated during the rains when dirty water enters the tanks during flooding. The tanks should be chlorinated thoroughly.”

Adds a source within the BMC, “At some places sewage water was found to have leaked into drinking water tanks, making the water absolutely unfit for drinking.”
Well, here's a question for the readers: would you know what one can do (besides buying mineral water, which not all of us can afford) to make sure that the water we drink is safe? Will boiling it suffice? Will filtering it through Aquaguard be sufficient? What about Zero B?

If you have an answer to that, please leave it in the comments of this post. Any links you could provide would be useful as well.

13 Comments:

Blogger Dark Green Tendrils said...

I'd say, if people can afford it, filter the water through Aquaguard first and then boil the filtered water twice. I used to boil it once but now that I read these reports I am going to boil the filtered water twice. I hope that will help. Will search for some links too.

Fri Aug 05, 02:09:00 AM GMT-7  
Blogger Dark Green Tendrils said...

How do I contribute to this blog? I have info to share too.

Fri Aug 05, 02:26:00 AM GMT-7  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alum is often used to purify water, but I doubt whether it is good as a disinfectant as well. It is mainly used to seperate dust and suspended particles.
-V

Fri Aug 05, 02:29:00 AM GMT-7  
Blogger sunilrnair said...

Links on safe drinking water is posted here

http://mumbaihelp.blogspot.com/2005/08/safe-drinking-water.html

Fri Aug 05, 02:36:00 AM GMT-7  
Blogger amit varma said...

Thanks Sunil, useful stuff.

DGT, feel free to send us anything of interest to cloudburst AT googlegroups DOT com. Thanks.

Thanks, V.

Fri Aug 05, 02:44:00 AM GMT-7  
Blogger zigzackly said...

Yeah, DGTendrils,
Mail us.
We credit any information to the sources who send it in.

peter

Fri Aug 05, 03:55:00 AM GMT-7  
Anonymous Jim O'Neil said...

0.5 micron filters work to remove pathogens but they are costly, tend to plug and care must be taken not to re-contaminate the product water.

After spending over 40 years in the water treatment business I suggest boiling as the best emergency treatment method to assure removial of pathogens.

Here is a link to the state of Alaska's notice on emergency treatment: :http://www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/dw/dwmain/Treat.htm

Fri Aug 05, 10:33:00 AM GMT-7  
Blogger Sunil said...

Sodis is a very effective technique (super simple, all you need is a plastic bottle of water), that we actually sent to partner groups after the tsunami...

Here's a link to simple manuals on Sodis water treatment.

Don't know though how much sun you're getting in Mumbai. If there isn't much sun, this won't work too well.

Sun Aug 07, 09:09:00 AM GMT-7  
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