Hyderabad: Following the cases of cholera reported at Fever Hospital, which has raised concerns of water contamination in the city, the Water Board has stated that five more chlorination plants are needed.
Water Board director P.S. Suryanarayana said staff had been asked to test samples from the areas where cases of cholera had been reported. The board will check if the water was contaminated at the source or at the distribution level.
On Saturday, tests were carried out at all 235 chlorination plants to check whether they were in working condition.
Board managing director M. Dana Kishore has been instructed to sensitise operators to ensure proper chlorination of water. He said chlorination of water was a continuous process. Complaints about contaminated water could be lodged the board’s toll-free number 155313.
Four cholera cases have tested positive in the past few days, one being from Saroornagar and the rest from across the city. The Fever Hospital is treating these patients after confirmation of the Vibrio Cholerae strain.
In the past two months a total of 10 cholera cases including these four have been reported. Recently 150 people from Chilkalguda railway quarters were admitted to the Railway Hospital due to water contamination. The Water Board found the sump to be the source of pollution.
“The railways does not have a chlorination plant. They add liquid chlorine, which is not as per the standards. We have asked them to have a plant and seek technical assistance of the board," the official added....