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India - Water Contamination - Nearly 70 percent of diseases in Hyderabad are water-borne. The city seems to be reeling under water contamination.

Pause a second before you have water. Nearly 70 percent of diseases in Hyderabad are water-borne

Believe it or not, nearly 70 percent of diseases in Hyderabad are water-borne, according to a survey conducted by Eureka Forbes and GFK Water Audit 2013. The city seems to be reeling under water contamination. To understand its impact and key issues with drinking water in Hyderabad and other parts of the country, Eureka Forbes and GFK conducted a nationwide survey titled “Kya Aapka Paani Beemar Hai.”

In all, 325 households were interviewed in Hyderabad as part of the survey. The findings revealed some hard-hitting facts. Ground water samples collected and examined by the Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment, a non-profit organisation, revealed that levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Hardness, Chlorides, Nitrates, etc responsible for water contamination have exceeded permissible limits in certain parts of Hyderabad such as Madhapur, Asif Nagar, Secunderabad, Abids and Pragathi Nagar among other places.

Toxic chemicals such as arsenic and lead and disease-causing bacteria are also contributing to the alarming increase in water contamination. Five out of every 10 respondents surveyed had someone in family and friends falling sick in the last one year due to water contamination.

Incidence of water-borne diseases like cholera, jaundice, typhoid, diarrhoea, common cold, cough and fever is higher amongst the people when compared to malaria, dengue and other diseases.

About 48 percent respondents attributed diseases in their families to contaminated water. Almost 50 percent respondents said their drinking water is unfit for consumption.

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Publication Date: 23 August 2013

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