Kerala’s 26% water sources polluted: Study

Amid the state government’s efforts to rejuvenate and reclaim water sources, a study has come up with a startling finding that 26.90 per cent of water sources in Kerala are “completely” polluted.

As many as 46.10 per cent of over 3000 water sources including ponds, canals, river and backwater stretches and public wells, surveyed in 2003 wards across the southern state, are “partly polluted,” it said.

However, in a relief to nature buffs, another 27 per cent of water sources are found unpolluted, the study, compiled by the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA), said.

“As many as 26.90 per cent of water sources in Kerala are completely polluted,” the study said.

‘A Study Report on Status of Water Resource’ has covered 3606 water sources including 495 in capital district Thiruvananthapuram, 318 in Ernakulam, the commercial hub of the state, and 194 in northern Kozhikode district.

(Agencies)

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