Secretary for Panchayats V.K. Zha stressed on the need to make rural masses aware about water quality problem and water borne diseases, building capacity of Panchayats to own the field test kits and full operation and maintenance for water quality monitoring and surveillance of all sources of drinking water, while speaking at the concluding session of one day state level training programme on ‘National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance’ organized by the Public Works Department and Ministry of National Rural Drinking Water Supply, Government of India; at Goa International Centre, Dona Paula on Friday.
The national rural drinking water quality monitoring and surveillance programme was started in February 2006 with an objective of monitoring and surveillance of all sources of drinking water in the country to provide safe drinking water to the rural masses
Speaking further, Zha informed that it is an enormous task to monitor and examine drinking water in rural areas.
Therefore, to tackle this problem at the grass root level, gram panchayats, village water and sanitation committees should get involved in providing field test kits for both bacterial and chemical contamination water testing at the district and state level laboratories.
On this occasion field test kits were distributed to the participating village panchayats after its demonstration.