Leaky pipes take a toll on residents' health
The recent detection of sewage water mixing with drinking water from an underground pipe at Anna Nagar underlines the need for revamp and inspection of water mains and pipes in the city.
The problem came to light when some residents in Anna Nagar fell sick about three weeks ago with complaints of fever, nausea and stomach discomfort. Suspecting that consumption of contaminated water could have led to their sickness, they submitted a petition to Corporation officials.
After checking the drinking water supplied to residents, the officials too suspected a mix of sewage with drinking water. They finally zeroed in on the leakage on a joint of an old cement drinking water pipe on Rajarajan Street. Sewage from a drain had mixed with the drinking water through the faulty joint, which was replaced.