95% villages in Bihar get drinking water from the tap: report

PATNA: Of the 30,272 wards in villages with contaminated groundwater sources, as many as 29,180 are provided with safe drinking water from the tap under the CM Rural Drinking Water Scheme, according to a communiqué received from the State Department of Public Health (PHED).
The scheme is popularly referred to as Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal. As a result, PHED has a 96.4% performance to its name. The drinking water supplied to the concerned departments is free from contamination with fluoride, arsenic and iron above the permitted limits.
The department also claimed that the Center has also conducted a third-party investigation into the tap water supply in the villages. According to this survey, 95% of the villages have been provided with an uninterrupted drinking water supply through pipes.
According to the Center’s research on the supply of tap water, most homes have been provided with safe drinking water.
Of the 1.08 lakh human homes in the state, only 467 still had contaminated water, the central research report said, adding that they included six villages with arsenic contamination and one fluoride, while the water available in 460 other homes had iron content. had exceeded the allowable limits.
It has taken five years to achieve anything in this regard as the areas with contaminated groundwater had already been mapped, but the plan to provide tap water supply was started in 2016 by PHED. In addition, as many as 1,379 wards are covered by 11 different tap water supply projects in multiple villages.
At that time, groundwater in 3,791 wards of 11 districts had fluoride contamination, while groundwater in 14 other districts had arsenic poisoning in their 4,742 wards. Groundwater from as many as 21,739 wards in 12 districts had an iron content above the approved limits.

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