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Villagers get water cards

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Quality of drinking water will be periodically assessed



Quality improvement:Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran inaugurating the distribution of water cards to select households in the Kunnamangalam grama panchayat limits in Kozhikode as part of a pilot project undertaken by the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management.

Kozhikode: Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran on Sunday said that the water card system, meant to periodically assess and record the quality of drinking water, will be implemented in all districts in phases.

He was inaugurating the distribution of water cards to select households of the Kunnamangalam grama panchayat as part of a pilot project undertaken by the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) in Kozhikode. Mr. Premachandran said that a mobile water testing lab would be immediately made available to the CWRDM here.

Appreciating the CWRDM authorities and specially scientist Madhavan Komath for taking initiative for the “path-breaking” project, the Minister said that the concept may be was the first of its kind in India and could vastly improve the quality of drinking water in the State.

As many as 110 households randomly selected from the 22 wards of the Kunnamangalam grama panchayat were given water cards as part of the pilot project, which was launched last year.

Water samples from five household wells were collected during the pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon times and the water quality including the pH value, presence of bacteria, colour, taste and odour was recorded on the card.

Mr. Komath said that most of the samples collected from the panchayat were acidic above the desirable limit. “More than 75 per cent were also bacterially contaminated,” said Mr. Komath.

However, he added, the problem was easily rectifiable.

He also said that water cards would be given to all the 11,000 households who have own wells in the panchayat in the next phase.

CWRDM executive director K.V. Jayakumar presided over the function.

U.C. Raman, MLA, CWRDM scientist P.S. Harikumar among others addressed the gathering.

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