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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
30-August-2012 19:17 IST
Mandate of CGWB
As per report of the Expert Group on “Ground Water Management and Ownership” (2007) brought out by the Planning Commission, 85% of rural water supply programme depends on ground water as the source.

Central Ground Water Board monitors ground water quality on regional basis through a network of around 15600 observation wells. Powers to control pollution are not vested with the Board. Mandate of water supply has not been given to Central Ground Water Board.

Use of contaminated water without any treatment may lead to serious health issues. Quality of drinking water sources is monitored by the drinking water supply agencies in States, who are responsible to provide safe drinking water and adopt suitable remedial measures in areas having contaminated ground water. There is no proposal to provide mandate to monitor ground water quality of drinking water sources to Central Ground Water Board.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.