18 November, 2019
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Syllabus subtopic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
News: The Centre has released the Water Quality Report. The report is in line with the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) that was launched to provide clean and safe drinking water to all by 2024.
Prelims focus: Key highlights of the report, Jal Jeevan Mission
Mains focus: India’s water crisis and methods to address it
Context: In order to ensure that clean and safe drinking water is provided to all, Department of Consumer Affairs decided to undertake a study through the Bureau of India Standards (BIS) on the quality of piped drinking water being supplied in the country and also rank the States, Smart Cities and even Districts based on the quality of tap water.
Tests were conducted on various parameters such as Organoleptic and Physical Tests, Chemical test, Toxic substances and Bacteriological tests in the first stage.
Performance of cities:
The Union Government wants to make BIS Standards mandatory for Tap Water so as to ensure quality drinking water for all households.
Source: The Hindu
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