Despite having a lot of water sources many villages in Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting for safe drinking water.
Jal Jeevan Mission not only ensures regular tap water supply but also stresses on water quality.
Water testing is important for monitoring the operation of water supply, verification of the safety of drinking water, investigation of disease outbreaks, validation process and preventive measures.
Under JJM, water quality testing tools would be used for measuring the purity of drinking water, at the source, within a piped distribution system or at the end of the supply. Drinking water quality monitoring and water quality surveillance are distinct yet closely related activities.
The drinking water quality will be monitored by the supplier/ agency responsible for water quality whereas the surveillance of water quality at the grassroots will be the responsibility of the GPs/ rural community.
Besides, upto 2% of total fund allocation is to be used on water quality monitoring and surveillance activities which primarily comprise water quality monitoring by the department through laboratory testing and water quality surveillance by the community through testing local water sources using Field Test Kits (FTKs).
All drinking water sources are to be tested once a year for chemical contamination and twice a year for bacteriological parameters.