According to district officials of Ghaziabad, India, around a third of Ghaziabad’s potable water is adulterated with fecal contamination, citing the findings of spot tests of water samples collected from 359 sources such as residential societies, schools, and commercial complexes from Jan 2023 to Feb 2023.
The recently reported cases of fecal contamination in drinking water samples are alarming and indicate a significant risk to Ghaziabad’s public health, as that makes up around a third of Ghaziabad’s potable water.
The presence of fecal contamination in drinking water is a serious public health concern, as it can lead to the spread of waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever, jaundice, cholera, and diarrhea.
Some possible measures that can be taken to address fecal contamination in drinking water include improving the treatment of wastewater and sewage, promoting better hygiene practices, implementing regular testing and monitoring of water quality, and educating the public about the risks of fecal contamination and how to prevent it.
Overall, addressing fecal contamination in drinking water requires a concerted effort from government authorities, water supply agencies, and the public to ensure that water sources are safe and free from contamination.
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- Peeyush Khandelwal (2023) “33% drinking water samples in Ghaziabad have faecal contamination” Hindustan Times, Accessed on 17th March 2023
- Bluephage (2021) “How to quickly, effectively, and safely control fecal contamination in water” Accessed on 17th March 2023