Water not fit for human consumption: EPA

An EPA report on the quality of drinking water in Gilgit reveals that the drinking water is contaminated in the city.


Shabbir Mir July 02, 2010

GILGIT: The environment protection agency (EPA) has submitted its report on the quality of drinking water to the Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit, revealing that when both water supply complexes were uncovered, worms and insects could be easily seen in the water.

The report was submitted to the apex court after it took a suo moto action in March against contaminated water being supplied to the city of about 30,000 people, and directed EPA to conduct a survey and submit its report to the court, sources told The Express Tribune on Thursday.

“In line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, a team of professionals conducted surveys of 18 filtration plants set up in Gilgit, seven of which were not function, and two major water complexes and found that none of the plant’s water was fit for human consumption,” sources said, adding that the report has been submitted to the apex court.

Only two Water Supply Complexes, one at Jutial area and another in Burmas, are providing water to the entire town of Gilgit. The reports said that no proper chlorination or sedimentation is being carried out.

The report stated that anthropogenic activities, human habitation and animal excreta can be seen within the unprotected water supply complexes.

“Worms and insects’ larvae can be seen floating in the water of Jutial water Complex,” said the report submitted to the court.

It further stated that the water complexes, in violation of established rules, were left open and that ‘animal activities’ can be seen inside the water complexes.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2010.

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