NSS tests quality of drinking water

The volunteers have already tested around 200 water samples.

Kozhikode: The post-flood Wayanad can now get relief to some extent thanks to the students of Government Sarvajana Higher Secondary School, Sulthan Bathery.

Volunteers of the National Service Scheme at the school are now testing the water and assessing its quality at the houses badly hit after the flood.

The volunteers have already tested around 200 water samples. “If anybody wants to know the quality of the water one uses, we are ready with their service,” said a volunteer.

“Contaminants like bacteria and nitrate flow from the surface into groundwater supplies from farms, septic systems, and other sources."

The NSS volunteers of the school collected water samples from 200 households of Kaipanchery and Kuppadi divisions and tested the PH value of the water and the measurement of nitrates and fluorides, coliform bacteria and sanctine.

The programme is carried out in association with Kerala Suchitwa Mission.

The samples were tested in the school lab, and the report of the water samples will be handed over to the municipality and the State Suchitwa Mission.

The water testing programme in Kaipancherry was inaugurated by the councillor Shifanath, and Kuppadi by the headmistress Reena.

“It is an ongoing programme that we decide to carry out in Wayanad. Many wells are affected by the flood. And so it is mandatory to test the quality of drinking water. If anybody wants to test we are ready to help them,” the programme officer said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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