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‘Over 24 pc households get drinking water from unsafe sources’

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New Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Over 24 per cent households in the country access drinking water from unsafe sources including untreated one from taps and uncovered wells, the government said today.

Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Birender Singh said people from over 22 per cent households in rural areas have to travel more than half-a-kilometre for fetching drinking water.

Quoting census report 2011, Singh said, “24.4 per cent of households access drinking water from sources that include untreated water from taps, uncovered wells and other sources.”

In a written reply, the Minister informed the Rajya Sabha that as per the census report people from 22.10 per cent of rural households have to travel more than half-a-kilometre for fetching drinking water in rural areas while 8.1 per cent of the urban households have to fetch drinking water from a distance of more than 100 m.

Singh said, as per the latest census report, 30.8 per cent of the rural households get their drinking water from taps.

Quoting the information entered by the states on the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the ministry, the minister said the percentage rural population covered with piped water supply as on April 4, this year is 46.77.

Replying to another question, Singh admitted that there is a shortage of drinking water in the country.

“Shortage of drinking water to a rural habitation can be defined as a habitation where all the population is not being provided with the potable drinking water of 40 litres per capita per day,” he said.

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