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TUTICORIN: Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board conducted a training programme on water quality testing with the aid of a testing kit here on Wednesday.
About 90 students from Government high and higher secondary schools in Tuticorin, Vilathikulam and Ottapidaram participated in the programme organised by the TWAD Board’s Communication and Capacity Development Unit.
“The programme is aimed at creating awareness of drinking potable water for the upkeep of safe and hygienic health,” K. Syed Sulaiman, Regional Manager, CCDU, Madurai, said.
Several factors, as prescribed by the Bureau of India Standards, have to be maintained in drinking water to keep off from ailments, he said.
Parameters include appearance, odour and turbidity in water samples. Chemical properties such as total hardness, chloride, fluoride, iron, residual chlorine should not exceed the set parameters in potable water. Ammonia, Nitrite and phosphate were the key factors of water contamination, he added.
Training was primarily imparted to students of rural areas because they could disseminate information through the heads of respective schools, panchayat leaders and Chief Educational Officers to throw more light on the precautionary measures to be adopted for good health and hygiene, he said.
A test kit worth Rs.2,500 was provided to the schools.
M.S. Rajkumar, trainer, Junior Water Analyst, TWAD, Tuticorin, said that in some places water was not potable and so people consumed bottled water to protect themselves.
P. Stephen Sundaraj, personal assistant to Chief Educational Officer, inaugurated and P. Periyasamy delivered a special address. R. Solaiappan, Field officer, CCDU, was present.
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