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Ganga Water Has Become So Clean That You Can Even Drink It

If you have been listening to the news for a while you must remember a May 2019 report wherein the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had said that how drinking Ganga water is injurious to health.

Not only this, months later, a report by the UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) claimed that Ganga water is unfit for even bathing too.

Source – Circle of Blue

This was due to the spike in the level of Coliform and Fecal Coliform bacteria in the river water. A 100 ML of Ganga had about 40,000 MPN of Coliform and 22,000 MPN of Fecal Coliform bacteria when it should be 500 MPN (most probable number).

Source – India Times

This is the result of continuous dumping of waste in the river, religious activities and more. However, ever since the lockdown has been placed, things have changed. As industries that pour waste into Ganga are shut, its water quality has improved gradually.

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BD Joshi, who is an Environmental Scientist and Ex-professor at the Gurukul Kangri University, claims that Ganga waters at Rishikesh and Haridwar have become very clean and favorable for achaman (ritual sipping) in Haridwar. 

Source – India Times

The reason behind this is a 500 percent decrease in total dissolved solids (TDS), industrial effluent, dharamshalas, sewage from hotels and lodges.

A priest at Hari Ki Puri ghat, which once used to be crowded by 1000s of pilgrims, has been locked down and thus is cleaner than ever.

“The Ganga is clean and pure today. Fish and other marine life are visible in the water. The ghats are fully clean,” Har Ki Pauri temple priest told ANI.

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“There has been 40-50 percent improvement in the quality of water in Ganga,” Dr. PK Mishra, Professor at Chemical Engineering and Technology, IIT-BHU told ANI.

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“The water quality has improved but the water levels are low. Once the water levels increase, Ganga will appear completely clean” a local resident said.

We pray the Ganga river remains in this state even after lockdown.

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