Fearing contamination of drinking water after the rain and waterlogging, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has started a massive disinfection drive across the city. The KMC water supply department on Sunday formed a special team and launched the drive on all major waterlogged roads and lanes of the city.
According to a KMC water supply department official, the department workers trained in disinfection work went to flooded neighbourhoods of Behala, Ekbalpore, Kidderpore, Mominpore and areas off EM Bypass. They poured sodium hypochlorite into water pipes to disinfect drinking water. The drive was also launched in Baghajatin and Ramgarh, where over a 100 residents had fallen ill after a hepatitis outbreak a few months ago.
“Apart from Kidderpore and Behala, our team also went to Lake Gardens, Jadavpur, New Alipore, Bhowanipore, Sarat Bose Road, Muktarambabu Street, Amherst Street, Sukeas Street, Central Avenue and other areas,” said a KMC water supply department official.
According to a senior official of the department, the quantity of residual chlorine that is mixed during treatment of “raw water” was increased at Palta and Garden Reach water treatment plants. “We are doing this to reduce the risk of water contamination after the deluge,” said a KMC water supply department official.
Apart from mixing sodium hypochlorite, bleaching powder was also added in the areas where people queue up and collect drinking water from water stand posts, a civic official said.
Source: Times of India