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PHED focuses on safe drinking water
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUNE 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Jun. 2011 12:54 AM IST
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Minister for PHED, Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao on Tuesday said the focus of PHED was to reach to all villages in Nagaland with safe drinking water. To meet this end, he said mobile water testing labs were being launched in all districts to ensure quality supply of drinking water.
Speaking at the inauguration of a three-week orientation and capacity building training for newly recruited Water and Sanitation Support Organization (WSSO)/ District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) consultants/chemists, Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao exhorted the new recruits that it was the responsibility of the department to fulfill the roadmap.
At a time when there is population explosion and ecological change, the chief guest said that it was a challenge for PHED to sustain water supply to the people.
While maintaining that PHED was one of the most challenging public community based departments that was bound to get criticism from public, Dr. Ngangshi also asserted that the department could also help the public directly at the maximum level.
Secretary, PHED Zhaleo Rio exhorted the gathering to take their assignments with commitment and sincerity and deliver goods to the people as one family.
Giving an overview on the basics and initiatives of PHED to the newly recruited members, chief engineer PHED Er. Mhondamo Ovung, said that PHED was the nodal department of the government for all works of water Supply and Sanitation, under various State and central programmes with safe sustainable drinking water supply and environmental hygiene as its main focus.
Following its many programmes, Er. Mhondamo Ovung apprised the gathering that as of April 2011 there are 167 quality affected villages/habitations in the State. He further stated that ongoing quality improvement works under PHED include the installation of iron removal plants in the foothills along the Assam- Nagaland Border; while quality survey and surveillance works started during last two years with the setting up of stationery water testing laboratories in district headquarters and mobile water testing laboratory.
Highlighting the objectives of the training, director of WSSO PHED, Er. Keviselho Kruse said the training was organized with the hope to equip trainees with knowledge and produce effective implementation of projects by the newly recruited staffs.
Altogether 34 consultants including chemists were appointed as per the guidelines of National Rural Drinking Water Programme. He stated that the challenge was to achieve sustainable water supply at household level at all times.
He stated that unless there was proper awareness campaign of quality water and sanitary habits, preservation of water sources in the user community, water sustainability would not be possible.
Earlier, Dr. Ngangshi released a docu-drama as part of Total Sanitation Campaign produced in Nagamese, Tenyidie, Sumi and Ao.

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