India: Mumbai officials advise that water tanks should be cleaned

Cleaning water tanks should be a periodic maintenance task although the period between cleaning will vary widely, depending on the quality of water entering the water tanks. To prolong the gap between desluding and cleaning the water tank, an appropriate filter can be installed at the inlet of the water tank. 

MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, who finally began visiting areas from where complaints of filthy water had been pouring in, stumbled upon its hazardous fallout-grimy water storage tanks in several buildings.

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Even as officials claimed to have resolved the turbidity problem, they advise urgent cleaning of water tanks as the clean water now being supplied comes in contact with residual dirt in the water tanks. Officials said turbid water during monsoons is common as it often enters old and porous pipelines.

Priyanka Jain, a resident of Balram Nivas building in Dadar, got dirty water the entire month of June. She said the BMC has asked the society to clean the water tanks and that it is in the process of finalizing an agency for the task.

“Civic officials visited the building and said there is a chance that the water is getting contaminated with the mud in the water storage tank and so we are still getting turbid water,” said Jain.

A consultant who advises societies on water solutions such as purifiers and cleaning of water tanks said very few societies pay attention to regular cleaning of water tanks.

For over two weeks, the BMC had been receiving complaints of turbid tap water from areas such as Dadar, Naigaon, Ghatkopar, Kurla, Byculla and Mazgaon.

The BMC data states that every monsoon, the number of water contamination complaints surges. On an average, 15-18% of the water samples taken during monsoon are found to be contaminated. “The cause of contamination is old and rickety pipelines, and sewage and muddy water getting mixed with the water-carrying pipelines,” said an official.

Source: The Times of India

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