PHE Says, Drinking Water Safe


Srinagar: The Public Health Engineering Department (PHE) has suffered from the loss of more than 180 crores with 530 water supply schemes affected across Jammu and Kashmir during the recent catastrophic floods.

The worst hit floods that devastated Jammu and Kashmir on the first week of September affected the water supplies to major portion of valley, making people to suffer at large in the midst of grave crises.

Chief Engineer PHE Mohammad Muzaffar Lankar when contacted told KNS confirmed that the department has suffered huge losses of water supply schemes and filtration plants during the recent floods. Lanker stated that the affected district is Srinagar wherein most of the water supply schemes of PHE have been damaged at large.

Lanker said 70 percent of the water supply schemes have been restored in valley temporarily and safe water is being provided to the people at present.”

He added that other districts wherein PHE machinery was damaged include Pulwama, Ananatnag, Kulgam and Shopian. He maintained further that around 100 crore would be needed to restored the lost infrastructure in PHE so that the machinery damaged during devastating floods could be replaced at an earliest.

 When asked about the safety measures asked by the health experts to take while consuming water in valley, the Chief Engineer PHE remarked that the water being provided to the valley inhabitants is safe. “In filtration plants being pressed into service at present, high quality liquid chlorine is used to make the drinking water safe for consumption. I can assure you that the water that is being provided to the people at present is not contaminated.” However, Lankar was quick toad that if people prefer boiling the water prior to drinking, there is no harm in same as well. KNS

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