The water problem in Thimphu is a perennial issue and fingers always point at the Thromde.
However the facts tell a different story.
City officials say that despite repeated notices the tenants or the building owners don’t clean their water tanks which lead to water contamination. The chief of water section Naphel said, “The people know about the consequences but still they refuse to do it”.
He said that house owners are notified every year to clean their overhead tanks.
Although the water supplied to the town is purified from the water treatment plant yet the people complain about illness resulting from drinking water provided by the Thimphu City Corporation (TCC).
As of last year there were 172 cases of illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and conjunctivitis. 70% of these cases was caused by drinking water.
However this year starting from January, 2012 till date 108 cases of diarrhea, 4 cases of Typhoid and four cases of dysentery have been recorded. Nevertheless unlike last year there are no deaths. Last year one person died suffering from Typhoid.
As a disinfectant the officials at the water treatment plant adds chlorine and Aluminum Sulphate to absorb sediments and maintain the turbidity level. There is also a standard amount of chlorine to be added in a certain level of water.
The medical superintendant at the JDWNRH said that, although there are no recorded incidences of Aluminum Sulphate poisoning, if used in excessive amount, it could result in serious fatalities.
Considering the facts and figures, the solution to the turbid water problem in Thimphu according to the Thromde is that, the residents in Thimphu should simply follow the Thromde notifications which are sent annually.
The chief of water section said that the officials at times visit buildings and give suggestions on these issues. However he also said that the Thromde cannot visit each and every house and monitor or suggest how to maintain clean overhead tanks.