Water supplied to Gilgit city highly contaminated, says GB EPA director
Gilgit Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency Director Shazad Shigri while talking to APP said that water samples were collected from water storage tanks, outlet of Burmas and Jutial Water Supply Complex, domestic water taps from different locations and community taps were found heavily contaminated.
He said that the level of turbidity and bacteria increases with the increasing temperature in summer, thus making it not fit for human consumption, which may cause spread of waterborne diseases.
Typhoid coupled with the COVID-19 has worsen the situation in the corona hotspots in Gilgit city, he said.
Shigri said that a letter has been written to competent authority of water supply of GB for taking necessary measures to treat the water and make it fit for human consumption up to the level of National Standard for Drinking Water Quality (NSDWQ) in order to avert the risk of further spread of typhoid in the city.