Lack of potable water threatens Pakistani students' health: media

10:34, June 06, 2010      

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Unavailability of healthy drinkable water in institutions at the capital of Pakistan and its surroundings poses serious threat to the health of students, local media reported Saturday.

Students in Pakistan's capital Islamabad and adjacent city Rawalpindi have complained about unavailability of portable water in their education institutions.

Students and their parents complained that they have been left with no other option but to use contaminated water due to lack of proper safe drinking facilities to them.

The drinking water at hundreds of schools, both private and public, across the twin cities, have been reportedly found with lead and other toxins.

Child health and safety experts said "We need a better system of regulation to ensure safer drinking water in schools and at homes."

Experts maintained that children tend to drink more water than adults and are more affected by any exposure to toxins because they are young and are still growing.

They also suggested water testing kit. School administration and parents said that buying safe bottled water on daily basis would be expensive.

The students and their parents have demanded of the concerned authorities to take appropriate steps for resolving problems like lack of sewerage system, clean drinking water and health hygiene in the institutions.



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