Thursday, June 1, 2023

Torrential rains and Bengaluru’s under-planned development have led to water-logged roads and inundation of the city. The IT capital has been in chaos with boats replacing cars on roads, people being rescued by tractors and students and professionals back to online classes and work-from-home.

To add to this, about 50 areas in Bengaluru did not have access to clean drinking water for two days due to the flooding and damage to machines at the main pumping station in Mandya.

So, what does one do when faced with a situation like this? Residents of Bengaluru resorted to finding alternatives to their usual source of water. From tankers to packaged water – various options were utilized to bring home water for consumption and other day-to-day activities.

However, one thing to always double-check during these times is the water quality, no matter the source. The city’s water supply can get cross-contaminated with flood water. If not filtered correctly before usage, the water mixed with bacteria, sewage, industrial waste, fertilizers and more can cause serious health issues. The water can be contaminated long after the floods subside and continue affecting people.

Here are a few things you can do to ensure clean, safe and healthy drinking water for you and your family.