Some Opelika residents still concerned about water, others note improvements

Wait a couple of minutes, and the silt-like particles observed in a glass of tap water from Tammi Justice’s Opelika household on Rockledge Street will settle.
“It certainly on some days affects the look,” Elijah said.
Colder temperatures over the last few weeks, including the recent freezing weather, have decreased the algae in Saugahatchee Lake, said general manager Dan Hilyer.
As a result, there have been no indications of any peculiar odor or taste going into the city’s distribution system.
“But we don’t have those that I’m aware of now, and haven’t had any since after Christmas.” As for whether anything else other than algae could be causing the issue, Dan Hilyer said, “No.” “No, that’s what’s causing it,” he added.
It’s not causing it now, but that was the culprit, yes.” An increase in algae is a naturally occurring event in surface water sources and will happen “every now and then,” assured Jeff Hilyer, chairman of the Opelika Utilities Board.
But this is a naturally occurring event that could happen again.” ‘Still have concerns’ Justice, who has always preferred to drink water from a filter, mused that the cloudy water from her faucet could be an issue with her home’s plumbing.
The water’s taste and odor has improved from how it was months ago when others in her neighborhood were complaining, Ridley said, although she still is wary about giving the water to her 15-year-old yorky, “Buddy,” who has kidney disease.
Readers reach out First noticing a peculiar odor and taste about two months ago, Perdomo said her family went away for the Christmas holiday and later found that the problem was still evident when she returned.
Because her family lives in a historic home that was built in the early 1900s, Perdomo at the time wondered if the home’s age may have affected the water.

Contaminated water supply puts Shopian on brink of disease outbreak

Contaminated water supply puts Shopian on brink of disease outbreak.
“We have been provided 24-hour water supply but the water is dirty, mixed with sand and mud.
This water is not fit for drinking,” Muhammad Amin Wagay from Pinjora said.
Tariq Ahmed Pir, a resident of Alyalpora said that the supplied water is so dirty that on occasions, domestic animals also refuse to drink it.
The authorities are not taking the issues seriously.
The drinking water supply feeder near Killora village for 36 villages of Rampathri area is filled with sand and mud up to 11.5 feet.
Authorities say due to the huge mixture of sand and mud with water these filters gets filled with sand and mud within three days and the department has no effective mechanism to clean them regularly.
“The contractors of Mughal Road put all the soil, sand and other material on the banks of rivulet, when snow starts melting and due to heavy rain all the mud flows into the river and contaminates the water,” a group of PHE employees said.
Beig said the issue of contaminated water supply is known to the chief minister.
About 25 water supply schemes get water from Rambiara Rivulet, our filtration plants only have capacity to filter the large dirty particles, he said.

Drop in catch forced 80K fisherfolk to pull out sand in Thane

Drop in catch forced 80K fisherfolk to pull out sand in Thane.
“Locals who struggled to make ends meet were swayed away by the sand mafia to pull out sand illegally for quick money,” said Nandkumar Pawar, head, SEAP.
Several come from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand for employment opportunities.
Fishermen from Gaimukh, Mandve, Kemnidive, Kharbao, Kolshet, Kalher, Kasheli, Waghbil and others, all mostly in Thane and Palghar district, act as the mafia and allocate 12 labourers on each of their boats,” said Pawar.
It is collected and transported to the heads, who send it to industries for construction purposes,” he added.
The state government, in accordance with the national guidelines for sustainable sand mining has appointed district level committees to control illegal sand mining.
On Saturday, the Thane collector, MMB officials and Sumaira Abdulali from Awaaz Foundation inspected sites to for illegal sand mining at various locations in Thane district.
Raids will be carried out in the coming weeks under the supervision of the Thane collector, local police and MMB officers,” said a local MMB officer who accompanied the group.
There was no back up or protection,” she said adding, “The state has to use modern technology to implement policies that can track the extraction, transport and use of this sand.
“There are no boats to enter deep creeks or river areas, where the work is carried out.” State government officials said that the responsibility to reduce sand mining was solely upon the district collector.