Thiruvananthapuram: Water samples under scanner

Thiruvananthapuram: With complaints rising on the quality of drinking water served in water-scarce areas in the state capital, the district administration has directed the district food safety authorities to collect water samples. An official said that several water samples have been collected for surveillance. According to the district administration, four panchayats are the worst hit by water shortage. They are: Elakamon, Chemmaruthy, Vellarada and Anjuthengu.

“People are depending on quarries and other water sources because of water scarcity. Water-borne diseases are likely to go up and it’s necessary to check the quality of water being used by the public. Some of the residents are using quarries for meeting their needs. We are waiting for the result from the laboratory for further action,” said an official.

According to the district administration, Peppara Dam has sufficient water to meet the demands of the state capital for 80 days. “We expect summer showers before that and all arrangements are in place to ensure the supply of water to the residents for 90 days. Hopefully, we will survive this summer without many issues,” the official added.

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