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About State Level Water Quality Testing and Monitoring Laboratory

Public Health Engineering Department Notwithstanding equal successes in the protection of the rural population through safe water supply, water quality has emerged as a major problem in western Bengal. While there is access to drinking water for all homes in the state, excess arsenic, fluoride and iron pose a major threat to public health and people's general wellbeing. In 2006, when the Government of India initiated the NRDWQM&SP, the problem of water quality checks and control was illustrated at the national level. The plan offered a mechanism to introduce a state-level water quality control system. Although national directives recommended the use of field test kits for the testing of water samples, it was still decided that laboratory water testing would be carried out in the State on the basis of the laboratory level infrastructure in the sub-district already available in the State.