Institute of Health Systems (IHS) has been supporting the Metro
Water Board (MWB) as an independent Water Quality Monitoring Partner
since 2005. The MWB has allotted certain number of samples to be
tested monthly for testing the availability of Residual Chlorine
(RC), Bacteriological Contamination (BCT) and Physicochemical
Analysis. The IHS monitors water quality at 78 Service Reservoirs
(SR) and about 500 slum areas covered in 14 MWB Divisions. IHS water
quality investigators (WQI) regularly visit the SRs and slum areas
to check for residual chlorine (RC) and collect samples for
bacteriological analysis. Instances of water pipe leakages, blocked
drains and sewage overflows noticed by the WQIs are reported to the
MWB for necessary action. Sanitary conditions around reservoirs,
distribution taps, bore-wells etc. are being surveyed regularly.
Focus groups discussions are conducted with participants from slum
areas to understand & educate about drinking water handling,
hygiene & sanitation practices. Actual monitoring days, i.e. the
days on which WQIs visited at least some of the assigned reservoir /
slum area, was 333 during the year, April 2014 to March 2015.
Altogether 7998 monitoring visits spread over 77 service reservoirs
were made during the year. The median number of service reservoirs
covered during a typical monitoring day was 27 (mean=24). On average
a service reservoir was monitored on 103 (range 3 to 252) days
during the year1. About 515 slum areas were covered during the year
by a total of 4889 monitoring visits. The median number of slum
areas covered during a typical monitoring day was 19 (mean=17). The
median number of visits, during the year, to a slum area was 9
(range 1 to 54, mean: 5).
has renewed the water quality monitoring services
for one more year which starts from 1st July 2015.