the Department of Drinking Water Supply (ddws) on July 20 invited private standalone water purifying companies to showcase latest technologies and equipment. The government wants to install 30,000 water purifying systems in rural schools to provide children with safe drinking water. About 84,000 schools in rural India do not have access to water that is safe to drink. The water purifier

DH News Service, Kushalnagar:

Zilla Panchayat President Deergakeshi Shivanna inspected the works on construction of a water purification tank being constructed at a cost of Rs 5.9 crore under Rural Drinking Water Project at Hebbale near here on Sunday.

The project when completed would supply pure drinking water to 12 villages of Kushalnagar hobli

Union Health Minister appeals to the people not to politicise the matter

Bangalore: Union Minister for Health Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday appealed to the people of Karnataka not to politicise the Hogenakkal issue.

Addressing presspersons after inaugurating the advanced services at NIMHANS, the Minister urged the people of Karnataka to support Tamil Nadu

Studies confirm poor water quality in Mumbai come monsoon and Mumbai

About 1.2 billion people in the world live with inadequate access to safe drinking water. Over 2.6 billion do not have access to sanitation facilities In developing countries 80 per cent of the health problems are linked to inadequate water and sanitation, claiming the lives of nearly 1.8 million children every year Experts concur the problem is

IN countries like India where universal access to safe drinking-water at an acceptable level of service has not been achieved, the country's national drinking water policy should refer to "expressed targets for increasing access', according to the World Health Organisation's Guidelines for Drinking Water Safety.

Such policy statements should be consistent with achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations (UN) Millennium Declaration.

DH News Service, Kolar:

"Special attention has to be given to drinking water and one must always use scientifically cleaned water. Awareness about this has to be spread among the rural people about this and programmes have to be undertaken about the same at the Grama Panchayat level,' said Taluk Panchayat President C R Yuvaraj.
He was speaking after inaugurating the National Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme at the Kolar Taluk Panchayat on Tuesday. The programme was organised by Taluk Panchayat and Grama Panchayat secretaries and Anganwadi workers.

CONSUMER RIGHTS

Pushpa Girimaji

Consumers are often victims of poor quality water supplied by the civic authorities. Besides water-borne diseases in many districts of the country, consumers suffer the debilitating effects of high levels of toxic heavy metals and even pesticides and other chemicals in water. Now two recent orders of the apex body have opened the doors of the court to petitions from citizens on the poor quality of water. Both the orders give directions to the municipal bodies to ensure the safety of water supplied to the citizens.

Seminar focusses on technologies for processing drinking water

CHENNAI: At a seminar conducted on packaged drinking water here on Saturday, officials from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) underscored the need for adhering to good manufacturing practices.

The seminar, primarily meant for manufacturers, focussed on methods to deal with microbial contamination of water and technologies available for processing drinking water.

Why do the poor pay the highest price for water and the rich, who have piped connection, get the inexpensive water in our cities? Why is there an outbreak of water borne disease frequently due to polluted water?

What is lacking: There is lack of investment to price water price correctly or repair the system.

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