Residents of Chennai can now test the quality of the water flowing in their household taps at the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (CMWSSB) new laboratory in Kilpauk.
The government laboratory, which was set up at a cost of Rs 7 crore, was inaugurated by Chief Minister MK Stalin on November 22.
According to the CMWSSB statement, an amount of Rs 75 will be charged for testing water samples from each household and Rs 200 for one sample from apartments. The lab will charge Rs 200 from commercial establishments as well as for testing water in open wells and boreholes.
The Water Agency strives to ensure clean water, careful drainage of sewage and, as an integral task, to check the quality of drinking water, the Management Board announced.
Apart from monitoring the quality of drinking water supplied to the people of Chennai city, the board has a quality assurance department (QAW) which analyzes water sources used by the public such as open wells and boreholes. The authorities collect drinking water samples daily at around 600 locations in the city.
The laboratory was found to have separate areas for testing water and sewage quality samples released from sewage treatment plans.