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Toxic Metal Found In Groundwater In Almost All States: Central Government To Rajya Sabha

While climate changes owing to the depleting environmental conditions has plagued humanity, the effect has tricked down to groundwater-the major water supply source to many residents of the country. The Narendra Modi led NDA government has informed the Rajya Sabha that the ground water is fast depleting.

The figures

  • In some parts of 209 districts of 25 states, the amount of arsenic in groundwater is more than 0.01 mg per liter.
  • In some parts of 491 districts of 29 states, the amount of iron in groundwater is more than 1 mg per liter.
  • In some parts of 29 districts of 11 states, the amount of cadmium in groundwater has been found to be more than 0.003 mg per liter.
  • In some parts of 62 districts of 16 states, the amount of chromium in groundwater is more than 0.05 mg per liter.
  • There are 152 districts in 18 states where more than 0.03 mg per liter of uranium has been found in the ground water.

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According to a document of the Ministry of Jal Shakti , more than 80% of the country’s population gets water from the ground. Therefore, if the amount of hazardous metals in groundwater exceeds the prescribed standard, it means that the water is becoming ‘poison’.

Actions taken by the government

The central government informed the Parliament that as water is a state concern, it is the duty of the states to provide the public with safe drinking water. However, the central government is also implementing numerous programs to supply safe drinking water.

The government informed the Lok Sabha on July 21 that the Jal Jeevan Mission began operations in August 2019. By 2024, every rural home will have ac cess to drinking water through taps under this plan. According to the government’s reply, so far, out of 19.15 crore rural households in the country, 9.81 crore households are being supplied with tap water.

In addition, the central government launched the AMRUT 2.0 scheme in October 2021. Accordingly, a goal has been established to provide tap water to all cities within the next five years, or by 2026.

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