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Water sources contaminated

Special Correspondent


6,494 sources have high level of contaminants

High fluoride and nitrate levels a major problem


GULBARGA: Water from 28 per cent of drinking water sources in Gulbarga Revenue division is unfit for consumption. Tests have revealed that it is contaminated with chemicals, including nitrates and arsenic.

Tests

Official sources told The Hindu here on Thursday that water from 23,249 of the 25,094 functional drinking water sources in Gulbarga, Bidar, Bellary, Koppal, Raichur and Yadgir districts, which are part of Gulbarga Revenue division, were tested.

Of these, 6,494 sources were found to be contaminated.

Defunct

They added that there were 36,670 drinking water sources in the division, but 11,576 were not functional for various reasons.

The highest number of defunct drinking water sources were in Bellary (3,250), followed by 2,142 in Raichur, 2,107 in Gulbarga, and 2,081 in Bidar.

Several affected

Some 2,253 habitations in the division were affected by contaminated water, given the absence of other potable water sources.

According to the officials, Gulbarga district was the worst hit with as many as 674 habitations being affected.

In Bellary, 626 habitations were affected.

Contaminants

Laboratory tests revealed that fluoride and nitrate levels in drinking water were a major problem.

While 3,214 of the 6,494 villages got water with high fluoride level, 2,059 drinking water sources had high nitrate level.

As many as 739 drinking water sources in Raichur district tested positive for arsenic and total dissolved solids, while in Yadgir, 19 sources had high arsenic level.

In Bidar, 206 drinking water sources showed high level of alkalinity.

As many as 1,609 sources had high fluoride level in Bellary district, 606 in Raichur, 554 in Gulbarga and 442 in Koppal.

There was high level of nitrate in 838 sources in Gulbarga district and 640 in Bellary.

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