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How safe is our drinking water, Woraiyur residents ask

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Problem of sewage contamination resurfaces

A section of residents of Woraiyur in Tiruchi city has complained of getting drinking water mixed with sewage for the last five days.

The issue came to light when a resident of a Tamil Nadu Housing Board unit attempted to clean a sump in his house five days ago. He then alerted his neighbours and residents of other nearby areas.

The water supplied to the residents was full of sewage. It was black and unfit for human consumption, said a resident, who displayed bottles filled with the contaminated water.

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Besides the housing board unit, residents of Salai Road, Subaniapuram, New Colony and Chandrasekarapuram also complained that they were receiving highly contaminated water for the last five days.

“It was detected five days ago. But we do not know how long we have beendrinking the contaminated water. We have now stopped consuming it,” a resident said.

Acting on a complaint, a team of workers engaged by Tiruchi Corporation on Monday began the task of detecting the point of sewage mixing with drinking water on Monday. They continued the work on Tuesday too. But they were unable to detect the sewage mixing point.

Stating that the residents had encountered a similar situation about six months ago, a resident said more workers should be engaged to fix the sewage mixing point and other vulnerable joints.

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