Water quality row: the Delhi Jal Board says that more than 98% of the samples collected during a special trip were considered suitable for drinking

NEW DELHI: () He said Wednesday that he collected more than 4,200 water samples to analyze in the last 10 days of the entire national capital and more than 98 percent of them were suitable for consumption.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a sample is collected for every 10,000 people.

We collected 4,204 water samples, five from each neighborhood, from the entire city in the last 10 days. Of these, 4,128 or 98.19 percent were satisfactory. This is well above the WHO 96 percent requirement, said DJB Vice President Dinesh Mohaniya. He said at a press conference.

The names, phone numbers and addresses of the homeowners were registered to ensure transparency. The sealed samples were analyzed in three DJB laboratories with 29 parameters, he said.

The Center and the city government have been negotiating accusations from the Union consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan He published a report from the Bureau of Standards of India (BIS) on November 16 that said water samples collected from 11 locations in the city failed quality tests in 19 parameters.

Mohaniya said the BIS report was intended to create chaos before elections in the city and serve the commercial interests of RO manufacturers.

In response to a question about the joint inspection of water samples, the vice president of DJB said: How can we trust BIS ... It does not have its own laboratories and performs the test in the laboratories of the manufacturers of RO? How can we expect a fair deal? For RO manufacturers, it is essential to demonstrate that Delhi's water is not potable, so that more RO purifiers can be sold in Delhi.

He previously said that Water Quality India Association (WQIA), a body of RO companies, had approached the Supreme Court against the order of the National Green Court (NGT) of May 2019 that prohibited the use of reverse osmosis systems where the Total dissolved solid drinking water supply (TDS) less than 500 mg per liter.

The WQIA submitted this BPI report to the trial court. It's a very strange coincidence, he said.