Ganga river's faecal coliform level is found 3 to 12 times higher than the permissible level at most inter-state boundaries, according to the data released by the apex pollution watchdog.
Faecal coliform (FC) bacteria, such as E.coli, are found in excreta that contaminates water through untreated sewerage. The higher the level the higher the presence of disease-causing pathogen in water.
The permissible limit for FC is 2,500 MPN (most probable number) /100 ml, while the desirable level is 500 MPN/100 ml.
The data of FC at two boundaries in Jharkhand was not given.
The CPCB data showed the faecal coliform within the permissible level at only two boundaries Sultanpur in Uttarakhand and Bijnor in UP.
According to the data, the other factors like pH, BOD, dissolved oxygen and conductivity was found to be within desired limit.
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