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There is a possibility of more uranium in the ground water of Bihar, samples of 10 districts sent for testing

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100 samples of ground water have been taken from 10 districts of Bihar. They have been sent to CGWB for investigation. Samples taken from Nalanda, Nawada, Katihar, Madhepura, Vaishali, Supaul, Aurangabad, Gaya, Saran, Jehanabad. The Bureau of Indian Standards has not set any standard regarding the amount of uranium in drinking water. According to WHO norms, drinking water can contain 30 micrograms of uranium per liter.

Patna. The administration is worried about getting more uranium in the ground water of some districts of Bihar. A top state official said that 100 samples of water from 10 districts have been sent to the Lucknow center of the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) for scientific analysis. Thakur Brahmanand Singh, regional director of CGWB (Middle-East Region), says that the presence of uranium in groundwater is a matter of serious concern for the health of the people.

Let us inform that the ground water samples of Nalanda, Nawada, Katihar, Madhepura, Vaishali, Supaul, Aurangabad, Gaya, Saran and Jehanabad districts of Bihar have been taken recently. Singh said, “CGWB, Public Health Engineering Department of the Government of Bihar and Geological Survey of India are working together to detect the increasing amount of uranium in ground water and prepare an action plan to deal with this situation.”

WHO standard

The amount of uranium has been found in groundwater in the state in the past, so a comparative study of the old and new reports will be done. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has not set any standard regarding the amount of uranium in drinking water, but according to the World Health Organization (WHO) norms, drinking water can contain 30 micrograms of uranium per liter.

Excess quantity found in 11 samples

Singh said that during 2019-20, the CGWB had taken a total of 14,377 groundwater samples from across the country to test the presence of uranium. He said that 634 samples were analyzed from Bihar, in which it was found that heavy metal was found in 11 samples. This quantity is more than the limit set by WHO. The analysis revealed that the amount of uranium is high in groundwater of Saran, Bhabua, Khagaria, Madhepura, Nawada, Sheikhpura, Purnia, Kishanganj and Begusarai.

effect of uranium on the body

Regarding the ill effects of the presence of heavy metals, Bihar State Pollution Control Board chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh said, “The contamination of ground water with uranium is a matter of serious concern. It is harmful to the health of the people. Excessive consumption of such water can lead to bone disease, kidney damage and cancer.

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Tags: Bihar News, Water, WHO Guideline

FIRST PUBLISHED : August 06, 2022, 20:13 IST

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