Five water samples from Jhill village in Patiala fail potability test : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Karam Prakash

Patiala, July 11

Even three weeks after the massive outbreak of diarrhea in the village of Jhill, its inhabitants still have to drink contaminated water. Reason: All five water samples, collected by the Ministry of Health, last week, even after cleaning the upper reservoir failed the potability test.

Laboratory reports revealed bacterial contamination in all five samples. The laboratory declared the water sample “unfit for consumption”. Ironically, this is the second time that water samples from Jhill village have failed the quality test.

With bacterial contamination of the water supply, the threat of another diarrhea outbreak looms.

Notably, around 250 people had fallen ill due to the diarrhea outbreak in Jhill village last month. After the epidemic, the village’s upper water tank was cleaned. However, the water samples – after the corrective steps once again failed the test. The village’s water supply is provided by the Patiala Municipal Corporation as it falls under its jurisdiction.

The health department said it would again take water samples from the village. District Epidemiologist Dr Divjot Singh said he had already written to relevant departments to take corrective action.

Three water samples from the village of Laut fail the test

Three water samples from Laut village in the district’s Bhadson block, taken during random sampling, also failed the potability test. Reports revealed that all three water samples had bacterial contamination.

250 people fell ill last month

Notably, around 250 people had fallen ill due to the diarrhea outbreak in Jhill village last month. After the epidemic, the village’s upper water tank was cleaned. However, the water samples – after the corrective steps once again failed the test. The village’s water supply is provided by the Patiala Municipal Corporation as it falls under its jurisdiction.

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