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India - Water Contamination - Earthworms had fallen out of drinking water taps in around 50 homes in Patna. Civic officials blamed the decades-old pipeline for the problem of unhygienic water supply

Earthworms had fallen out of drinking water taps in around 50 homes in Patna.

Civic officials blamed the decades-old pipeline for the problem of unhygienic water supply


Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities on Monday asked the technicians concerned to repair the water supply pipelines to the Mangal Talab area in Patna City after The Telegraph reported in its June 18, 2012 edition how worms gushed out of taps at some of the homes in the locality on Sunday.

“I read the report in The Telegraph. We have ordered the officials concerned to repair the water supply pipelines in the area by tomorrow (Tuesday),” said PMC chief engineer Ramsawarath Singh.

He added: “The pipeline in the area was laid a long time back. It is around 7-8-ft beneath the ground. Most of the times, it is difficult to find out where the exact leakage has occurred. But this time it seems that the leak has been caused during repair works.”

Sharma, along with German scientist Dr Hasko Nesemann attached with the Central University of Bihar, also prepared an investigative report on the organism claiming: “On 17th June 2012, an already known large aquatic worm (18cm fully extended) species with the scientific name Glyphidrilus gangeticus Gates, 1958, has been recorded for the first time from tap water in Patna City area near Mangal Talab

Article Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120619/jsp/bihar/story_15626656.jsp
Publication Date: 19 June 2012

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