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80pc of Indian sewage flows into rivers
 
 
 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Eighty per cent of sewage in India is untreated and flows directly into the nation’s rivers, polluting the main sources of drinking water, a study by an environment watchdog showed Tuesday. Indian cities produce nearly 40,000 million litres of sewage every day and barely 20 percent of it is treated, according to “Excreta Does Matter”, a new report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). “The untreated waste dumped into rivers seeps into groundwater, thereby creating a ticking health bomb in India,” concludes the report. Weak or non-existent enforcement of environmental laws, rapid urban development and a lack of awareness about the dangers of sewage are all blamed for water pollution.

 
 
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