Safe water: BIS proposal of water quality management for Jal Jeevan mission a good idea

By: |
August 28, 2020 6:15 AM

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) draft drinking water supply quality management system is a step in the right direction. The draft encodes uniformity across all households as far as the water supply is concerned. It stipulates that all water departments obtain a IS 105000 certification before starting supply.

With improved sanitation, will come better health, with the incidence of water-borne diseases coming down.

As per a government release, the government has already made tap-water available in 2 crore households under the Jal Jeevan Mission, and all households in nine districts, 342 blocks and 40,000 villages have a functional piped water connection. The government is also working on establishing standards to provide a standard quality of water across the country. This will likely translate into greater sanitation, given the link between piped water availability in households and the usage of toilets.

With improved sanitation, will come better health, with the incidence of water-borne diseases coming down. This, in turn, will reap a significant yield for reducing child malnutrition and mortality.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) draft drinking water supply quality management system is a step in the right direction. The draft encodes uniformity across all households as far as the water supply is concerned. It stipulates that all water departments obtain a IS 105000 certification before starting supply. This would set the standard for acceptable limit for dissolved substances such as arsenic, iron and zinc, and also check parameters like pH level, turbidity, colour and odour.

The draft also lays down a detailed mechanism on storage and supply of water and also asks bodies to conduct regular water audits. These, it says, can be done using bulk meters and automatic metering at the household level. While supplying each household with a tap connection and clean drinking water needs to be the priority, the government must also leverage IoT solutions and technology to curb water wastage and
enforce quality standards.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1No time to be complacent on Covid-19
2Tax collection at source: Ready for the new regime?
3Lost Reasearch: Many online-only open-access journals have “gone dark” with publishers unable to maintain these