Heavy metals in water

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- ground water survey by the Central Ground Water Board in Delhi has revealed the presence of heavy metals like cadmium, chromium, lead and iron in excess of the prescribed standards. This was revealed by the Union agriculture minister, Som Pal. The minister said that the government had contemplated several short-term and long-term measures to tackle the problem. The presence of heavy metals in water are responsible for diseases like meningitis. In some areas, the heavy metal levels was 100 per cent more than the prescribed tolerance limits.

The minister said that natural hydrogeological conditions and improper disposal of municipal waste and industrial effluents were responsible for the presence of metals.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.