Bangalore to have water quality index soon

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board took more than 200 random samples of drinking water in Basaveshwarnagar to test their quality, on Thursday.

The KSPCB chairman Vaman Acharya launched the programme jointly with the Karnataka Environment Laboratories Association to establish a water quality mapping index for the City.

Talking to mediapersons Chief Scientific Officer KSPCB Dr B R  Balagangadhar said the Board which wants to set a quality index for water, air and noise has begun with water.
“Water from Cauvery, Tippagondanahalli, borewell and tankers will be tested as part of the quality testing programme,” he added. Samples of water used for drinking in residential areas will be tested randomly, he said.

The results of samples which will be sent to 30 private water testing laboratories will be out in ten days. Based on the results, water samples will be judged good, moderate or poor, he added.

The outcome of tests will ascertain the quality of water consumed by Bangaloreans, said Karnataka Environment Laboratories Association president Shivananda M Dambal.  
After water samples are collected from Basaveshwarnagar, more samples will be tested from Malleswaram and neighbouring areas. Packaged drinking water too will be tested, he said.

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