KOHIMA, September 26, 2018: The Nagaland Department of Public Health Engineering (PHE) has failed to abide by certain prescribed safety requirements for safe drinking water with regard to the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).
This was stated in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the year ending March 31, 2017.
Among the several irregularities detected in the implementation of the programme, the CAG found that state and district level laboratories did not carry out water quality tests as mandated.
The CAG ascertained that the laboratories had "significantly failed" in carrying out the prescribed number of bacteriological and chemical contamination tests in the three districts to ensure the supply of safe drinking water to the populace in their districts.
NRDWP guidelines require that all drinking water sources should be tested at least twice a year (pre and post monsoon) for bacteriological contamination and once a year for chemical contamination.