Authorities in Bihar Are Alarmed By A High Level Of Uranium in Groundwater, According To A Report

100 water samples from ten districts have been sent to the Centre for Critical Ground Water Board (CGWB) in Lucknow for scientific study . The World Health Organization has recommended 30 gL for drinking the water .

Patna, May 25, 2015: The high content of uranium in groundwater in some Bihar districts has sparked alarm, and 100 water samples from ten districts have been sent to the Centre for Critical Ground Water Board (CGWB) in Lucknow for scientific study, according to CGWB regional director Thakur Brahmanand Singh (Middle-East region).According to Mr Singh, the future course of action will be decided only after receiving the survey.The Bureau of Indian Standard has not specified a minimum amount of uranium in groundwater in the state, while the World Health Organization has recommended 30 gL for drinking the water.Singh said that the presence of the heavy metal in 11 samples from Bihar was beyond the acceptable limit set by the WHO, and that the districts where the water was found to be abundant in uranium are Saran, Bhabhua, Khagaria, Madhepura, Nawada, Sheikhpura, Purnea, Kishanganj, and Begusarai, according to the chairman of Bihar State Pollution Control Board.High exposure can lead to bone toxicity, impaired renal function, and cancer, according to the Boards' report.He said the research took one and a half years before they came to the conclusion.

Mr Ghosh said that this chemotoxicity affects the kidneys and bones in particular in the north west-south east band along and south of the Ganga river in Jharkhand, especially in Gopalganj Siwan, Saran, Patna, Nalanda, and Nawada districts.