Cauvery and Kabini river water is fit for drinking, finds study

Jul 6, 2017

Mysuru: A year-long river water testing exercise by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) in association with the Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi has a few positives for lakhs of people using Cauvery and Kabini water for drinking and other purposes. According to the reports for the first two months, April and May 2017, water available in both these rivers are fit for drinking.

The KSPCB under two separate schemes — Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS) and Monitoring of Indian National Aquatic Resources System (MINARS) — launched this project called Classification of River Water Quality for April – 2017 to March – 2018. The results of water sample testing conducted in April and May 2017 are now available.

“As per the reports, Cauvery and Kabini river water is fit for drinking. It is a big relief for lakhs of people, especially for residents of cities like Mysuru and Bengaluru,” said Lakshman, chairman, KSPCB.

According to KSPCB sources, under the project, water samples of 19 rivers were tested in 63 stations across Karnataka. Water samples are being analyzed for 28 parameters, which include nine core parameters, 19 physico-chemical and bacteriological parameters, along with field observations. Besides this, eight trace metals and 15 pesticides are analyzed once a year to assess the water quality.
Lakshman explained that based on the findings Cauvery and Kabini river water are classified under C class. “C class water refers to drinking water source with conventional treatment followed by disinfection,” he explained.
According to the report, water samples collected from KRS dam in April and May are categorized under C class and quality of water has been shown as satisfactory. “Sample collection and testing will continue till March 2018,” Lakshman added.