Pattan villagers complain unsafe drinking water supply

Pattan villagers complain unsafe drinking water supply
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Baramulla: The people of Zangam area of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district are up in the arms against the department of public health engineering (PHE) for failing to provide them portable drinking water.
A group of people of Zangam village said that two years ago the department of PHE installed a pump outside the village through which they are lifting ground water; however after some time they found that the water is not good for the human health.
Later a team of health officials also visited the village and they too clarified that the water is not sufficient for the human and animal life, but the concerned department failed to provide clean water to the inhabitants of area, locals said.
“This pump station was installed for several villages, however later department provided portable tap water to other villages from another pipeline but our village is still concern with providing of ground water. We are facing several health related problems like, stomachache, headache, loss of memory and many other diseases. It makes even iron, steel taps and tiles rusty, we urged department several times that connect our village with any other water supply but they are not paying any attention” a local said.
“From past one and half year, we are not using this ground water, our women are going to nearby Buran village for portable drinking water daily, which is almost half kilometre from our village, so you can imagine how we are facing problem” another villager of Zangam said.
When contacted Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) PHE department Pattan Mohammad Toib said that the ground water provided to the people of Zangam area is very clean and is very safe for consumption.
“Several water tests were conducted in past and all the tests were found it very safe for human and animal use, but I don’t understand why few people are complaining” AEE said.
He further said that department constructed an Iron Removal Plant (IRP) in the area and department spent some ten lac rupees for its construction, and we are going to charge it, “there is no iron or any other thing in this water, but we have an IRP plant in the area and we will charge it soon for the satisfaction of people” he said.