Saturday, April 23, 2011

Water samples of Ferozepur schools fail test

FEROZEPUR: The laboratory analysis of water samples drawn from different schools, both government as well as private falling under Ferozepur district recently, indicated that water being consumed by thousands of students was not fit for consumption. The latest laboratory analysis of water samples has once again focused attention on the fact that drinking water in most of the Malwa belt is unfit for human consumption. 

The growing number of cancer cases in this part of the region is generally attributed to chemical-laden drinking water. A team from the health department had collected nearly 105 water samples from schools across the district last month, of which nearly 60% samples failed the test. Rajinder Kumar Gagneja, assistant unit officer, health department, said water samples collected from various private schools, including Mata Gujri School and Akal Academy School in Bhadana village, Holy Heart Day Boarding Public School, Atmavallabh Public School and Sarv Hitkari Vidya Mandir School in Fazilka, have failed the test. 

Likewise, water samples collected from government primary schools in Jandwala Bhimeshaha, Manawala, Tilewala, Guru Har Sahai, Chak Wairo Ke and government elementary school in Mothiwala were also found impure. Besides, one water sample taken from the water works tank in Chandeed village in Ferozeshah block also failed quality test, he informed. Health officials say these are worrying signs as the summers are on and there is a threat of water-bourn diseases among the students. However, there is a complete lack of communication between health department and education department. The officials of the education department said they had no information regarding this matter.

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