The Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, on Monday, instructed the PWD officials to draw samples of water being supplied to the Keri villagers and send them to laboratory for carrying out further ‘evaluation.’
Rane also directed the officials to carry out inspection for identifying an alternative location to set up a water pump to continue providing clean water to the people of Keri.
The Health Minister held a review meeting in Panaji with the officials of PWD, WRD, and panchayat body of Keri, over the matter of the iron content in water.
“We need to find a way to directly pump water out of the dam into the tank and send it further for filtration,” he said.
Health Minister said that PWD officials will be sending a detailed report on the findings in 7 days.
“However, the latest preliminary report suggests that the iron content in water is within permissible limits,” he added.
“We shall be closely monitoring the situation. I request the people of Keri not to have any apprehensions,” Rane said.
He said that action has already been initiated in the interest of the people of Keri so that they continue to have clean water through the filtration plants.
It may be recalled that Keri village has been facing the problem of irregular water supply now and then, and also the issue of polluted water often.
And, this time, the presence of iron content in the water has become a matter of grave concern.
When contacted, some locals informed that that they were getting murky water having some odour. The issue was brought to notice of PWD official and it was learnt that as the lower gates of Anjunem dam were opened recently, water carried away with it the sludge that was settled down into the canal.
According to the PWD official, every year, the upper gate used to be opened first for releasing water into the canal which is connected to water treatment plant.
The official said that they have conducted inspection at Keri dam, and as per the report the iron content in water is within permissible limits.
“Our department has initiated quick action in the interest and safety of the people of Keri so that they continue to have clean water through the filtration plants,” the official added.