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``The exercise is gaining importance what with complaints of water contamination coming from all corners,'' the HMWSSB managing director, M.G. Gopal, told The Hindu here on Tuesday. The polluted borewells have been marked red and people cautioned not to use the water for drinking purposes. "However, the water can be used for other purposes,'' he said.
This, he said, was a part of the Board's attempt to find out the status and quality of water in the 6,000 odd borewells in the twin cities. "We are checking about 100 borewells per day and intend to complete the entire 6,000 odd borewells in two months from now,'' he disclosed.
However, in 190 out of 1,000 odd borewells being polluted, he said there was "no marked or abnormal deviation'' from the previous records. "The exercise covering all the borewells in the twin cities was done a long time back and we are redoing the same to assess the present status of the borewells and corroborate the same with their position years back,'' he explained. The following were the findings four days back when 600 odd borewells were checked (Division/number of borewells tested/polluted): Division I - 250/28; II - 222/27; III - 99/15; IV - 15/7; V - 9/1; VI - 30/14; VII - 15/2.
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