Doubts raised over safety of water at Canacona

 Is the potable water supplied by the PWD to villages in Canacona taluka and the tourism belt of the taluka treated properly? Doubts have arisen as the government has not replaced the chemist who retired nearly four months ago from the water treatment plant at Shristall and some consumers have complained that they were getting muddy water at times.

PWD engineers have ruled out the possibility of supplying untreated water to the consumers in the absence of chemist-cum-lab technician. But some villagers have raised apprehensions that the treatment of water at the plant may not be done properly. The 5MLD water treatment plant does not have the services of a chemist after the retirement of Shanta Warik and raw water from Chapoli dam is directly connected to water plant.

Executive engineer Sunil Kalekar told TOI that the plant does not have the services of a chemist for the last four months after the retirement of the chemist and new replacement has not yet been made. He further said that the proposal to recruit a new chemist was forwarded much before the retirement of existing chemist to the authorities, but so far nothing has been done. He said he has spoken to local MLA and sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar in this regard.

Mahesh Raikar, sarpanch from Shristall village panchayat, said that treatment of water of Chapoli dam should be done properly, alleging that there is high possibility of pollution of water in the dam especially during and soon after monsoon as garbage and other matter dumped in the open is washed into the dam area.

Canacona health officer Vinod Naik said that vector-borne diseases in Canacona taluka are on the rise during the last few years and this is attributed to water pollution. Dilip Kenkre, vice-chairperson of Canacona municipality, has said that the water pipeline from Chapoli dam to Shristall water treatment plant is very old and bursts many times requiring replacement. [TOI]