Water meters have been installed at the residences of over 3,000 people in a remote village in western India, raising concerns about water pollution in the region, as the Indian government has failed to respond to the region’s demand for better information about its water supply.
The installed water meter in the village of Mysore, on the northern border with Pakistan, has been connected to the state-run water network, known as Mumbaikar Water System.
Water officials say that the water meter can be used to monitor water quality, and is expected to provide data about the level of nitrate, calcium, magnesium, chloride and phosphorous in the local water supply, as well as nitrate and carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere.
In an email to Quartz, a Mumbamoor Water Department official said that the meter has already been installed and will be connected to water distribution networks and a water treatment plant to monitor levels of nitrates, carbon dioxide and phosphors.
However, the official said, “The meter can only be used for monitoring water quality data.
There are no data points on nitrate levels or carbon dioxide.”
The official added that the project was “still in its early stages,” adding that the Mumbas would “continue to monitor and monitor the situation.”
Water officials in the area, who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of their work, said that they had installed the watermeter in order to provide better information to the villagers.
“We need to know how much water is available and whether we are getting enough,” said the official.
“If the government does not take care of the issues, we are going to be unable to maintain the quality of the water supply.”
The officials stressed that the meters would be connected by a cable to the local power network, which will also monitor water levels.
The Mumbams have also installed a meter at their house to monitor the level and nitrate of water flowing from the village.
“The water meter has no data point,” the official added.
“I am not sure whether we will have a proper data point in the future.”
An independent monitoring group, which monitors water quality in the Mombas, has also found that the nitrates and carbonates in the water are too high for the Mambas to drink.
“Nitrates are more harmful to human health than carbon dioxide,” said Raghav Kumar, an expert on nitrates in the Indian State Water Commission (ISWC), which runs the Muthu village water system.
“You cannot drink water if you are consuming it.”
Nitrates and Carbonates Water pollution is a global problem, with more than 100 million people suffering from water pollution.
The World Health Organization says that a major reason for the problem is nitrates (also known as nitrites), which are formed when bacteria use up oxygen in water, making it taste like rotten fish.
Nitrates also contribute to water pollution because they cause chemical reactions, causing water to taste and smell rotten.
In India, the main source of water pollution comes from municipal water treatment plants, which produce nitrate fertilizer, which is used for fertilizers, paint, paper and other industries.
Mumbamas in Mombadam, a town in Mumbarak, near the border with Bangladesh, also complain about the polluted water.
Mombamuthu water minister Ashok Bhaskar told Quartz that he would meet with local officials to discuss the issue.
“There is no doubt that we have got some nitrate issues,” he said.
“But the government needs to do something to solve the problem.”
Bhaskam said that Mumbaman water authorities were working with the ISWC to determine whether they can install a nitrate monitoring device in the affected areas.
However they have not been able to find the required amount of time to get the necessary equipment installed.
“Now, we will be working with ISWC officials to assess the feasibility of installing a device,” he added.
Nitrate Pollution in India is often linked to agricultural activities, and farmers complain of poor water quality as a result.
In March, a report by the World Bank, a UN-supported organization, found that in the year to March 2016, the country experienced a 3.7-fold increase in nitrate pollution in its drinking water compared to the same period in 2015.
The report also found a surge in nitrates during the 2015 monsoon.
The government’s response has not been adequate, said Bhaskman.
“They [ISWC] are working hard to improve water quality but we have been told that it will take up to three years to get to the point of monitoring,” he explained.
“As a government, we have to get a grip on the situation, otherwise we can’t maintain the level.”