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Gujarat: Lifeline polluted, water unfit to consume by Tushar Tere February 08,2019   |  Source: The Times of India

Water flowing out of Sardar Sarovar dam, considered to Gujarat’s lifeline, is unit for consumption. Gujarat Water Supply and Sewage Board (GWSSB) officials, who had taken water samples from the dam and the main canal, concluded that the quantity of sulphide is very high in the water discharged from the Narmada dam. GWSSB had stopped drinking water supply from the canal in Narmada, Chhota Udepur and parts of Vadodara. “After receiving complaints, we took samples of water from the dam and the main canal around four days ago. The tests showed no presence of any chemical. But the samples failed bacteriological tests and therefore it cannot be consumed directly. The water has to be purified first,” said Ritunjay Jha, deputy executive engineer, GWSSB, Rajpipla. The board then sent the water for detailed tests to Gujarat Environment Management Institute (GEMI) laboratory in Gandhinagar.

GWSSB officials said that they had taken water sample from main canal and Wadia branch canal and amount of sulphide found in the water is high. “The sulphide quantity may be high due to either the death of fish or waste discharge from some company. There is also possibility of sewage water being released in the waters in more quantity,” an official said. Large number of dead fish were found

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