Hyderabad drinking water polluted with E.coli

Hyderabad drinking water polluted with E.coliHyderabad drinking water polluted with E.coliAfter the tragic Bholakpur contaminated drinking water incident when 9 people died and more than 250 hospitalised, it has now been known that the drinking water supplied in the entire Hyderabad metropolitan area is contaminated with E.coli.

E,coli or Escherichia coli is a Gram negative bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals and some strains of it such as serotype O157:H7, can cause serious food poisoning in humans.

Hundreds of samples collected by the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) from various parts of the city from January to April tested “unsatisfactory’’ for consumption and most tested positive for E.coli.

The test reports reveal that localities ranging from Banjara Hills to Bhoiguda and from Tarnaka to Golnaka are being supplied with contaminated water. The samples tested have been collected from water taps inside houses, public water supply taps, pit taps, several tanker-filling points, stored water at homes, at cafes and even from taps inside reservoirs.

Though the test reports had been sent by IPM to the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) the latter has not taken any action.

IPM has received replies from HMWS&SB that action had been taken.

The citizens of Hyderabad are, therefore, at great risk of being attacked by a mass epidemic.

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