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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 124-126
 

Current public health perspective of fluorosis mitigation project in Pavagada taluk, Karnataka


1 Department of Community Dentistry, Sree Siddhartha Dental College, Tumkur, India
2 Department of Civil Engineering, SSIT, Tumkur, India

Date of Web Publication13-May-2013

Correspondence Address:
Halappa Mythri
Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sree Siddhartha Dental College, Tumkur, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.111754

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Background: Fluoride has become a recurring theme in discussing water issues in India. In Karnataka, where groundwater sources are concentrated with fluorides the impact is devastating. Dental and spine-related ailments are showing up in many cities and villages. Several villages in Pavagada taluk in Tumkur district have fluoride concentration 5 times more than the permissible level. The different aspects to the problem are many defluoridation interventions were failure. Objective: To determine and compare fluoride level in water samples from Fluorosis mitigation project area. Materials and Methods: Samples of municipal water were collected in sterile containers in an unannounced visit. All the samples of water were assigned a code so that those undertaking analysis would be blind to the source. Fluoride levels were determined by an ion-selective electrode (Orion 94-09) method. Results: Mean fluoride level in the water samples collected in the project was 0.8 which was within the normal range. Conclusion: Even though the fluoride level was within the normal limits after implementation of flourosis mitigation project, ground reality was numbers of beneficiaries were less. Hence, proper planning and monitoring always becomes essential for any project to be successful.


Keywords: Defluoridation, fluorosis, mitigation project


How to cite this article:
Mythri H, Dinesh, Bennadi D. Current public health perspective of fluorosis mitigation project in Pavagada taluk, Karnataka. Indian J Occup Environ Med 2012;16:124-6

How to cite this URL:
Mythri H, Dinesh, Bennadi D. Current public health perspective of fluorosis mitigation project in Pavagada taluk, Karnataka. Indian J Occup Environ Med [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Jul 18];16:124-6. Available from: http://www.ijoem.com/text.asp?2012/16/3/124/111754



  Introduction Top


Fluoride has become a recurring theme in discussing water issues and particularly water quality issues in India. [1] In Karnataka, where much of groundwater sources are concentrated with fluorides and nitrates, the impact is devastating. Dental and spine-related ailments are showing up in many cities and villages. [2],[3] Out of 56,682 villages in India - Fluoride content was high in 5838 villages and in Karnataka more than 6% of districts were affected by dental fluorosis. [4] In that, Tumkur district, Pavagada taluk comprises of 33 grampanchayats with 2,46,255 population according to 2001 census report. Several villages in Pavagada taluk in Tumkur district have fluoride concentration 5 times more than the permissible level. [3]

There are several different aspects to the problem like:

  • Financial aspect: Lack of fund.
  • Technical aspect: Availability of defluoridation kits and plants.
  • Social aspect: Lack of maintenance of the technical solutions implemented.
To overcome this to certain extent in 2006, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Government of Karnataka with BAIF (Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation) Institute of Rural Development (BIRD-K) implemented a 5 year Fluorosis Mitigation Project (GO No RDP/773/RDWS/2[02] dated 15-3-2006). That is "Sachetana Drinking Water Project." This was implemented in Tumkur, Gadag and Kolar District (4 taluk and 15 villages in each taluk). [5] The objective was to ensure safe drinking water through innovative technologies to eradicate flourosis and Rain Water Harvesting was the method of choice. Beneficiaries were 5600 families and implementation cost was 14.34 Crore. [5] This can be one of the examples for private public partnership as the money was collected by mobilization of contribution. People were asked to contribute a part of the implementation money and the rest government of Karnataka will bear and public help in the construction of tanks and the whole project will be monitored by BIRD-K. [5],[6]


  Aim Top


To determine and compare fluoride level in water samples from Fluorosis Mitigation Plant and Borewell from project area.


  Materials and Methods Top


Among eight grampanchayats of Pavagada taluk, Tumkur district, three villages (K T Halli, Navagram and Veeralagondi) were included in the present study according to the convenience of reaching the places. This study was conducted in the period of December 2010 to February 2011.

Thirty sample of water from the mitigation plants [Figure 1] and eighteen sample of water from the bore wells in three villages (K T Halli, Veeralagondi, Navagram) were collected in sterile containers in an unannounced visit. All the samples of water were assigned a code so that those undertaking analysis would be blind to the source.
Figure 1: Fluoride mitigation plants, Pavgada taluk

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Fluoride levels were determined by a Spectrocolorimetric method [7] in Department of Civil Engineering, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur.

Statistical analysis was done following descriptive analysis and unpaired student t test was used to compare the mean. P value less than 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant.


  Results Top


[Table 1] shows the Grampanchayats and villages of Pavagada taluk, Tumkur district involved in the project.
Table 1: The gram panchayats and villages of Pavagada taluk, Tumkur district involved in the project

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[Table 2] shows the fluoride concentration of the test samples. The value ranged from 0.03 to 0.83 in mitigation plant water samples and in borewell samples it ranged from 0.65 to 1.40.
Table 2: Flouride concentration of test samples (Average of three bottles in each sample)

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[Table 3] depicts comparison of fluoride content from mitigation plant and bore water in 3 different places. The difference was statistically highly significant showing fluoride content more in bore water and the water samples from mitigation plant was below optimum level of fluoride in drinking water.

Pictures 1 and 2 shows the present status/demolished tanks.
Table 3: Comparison of fluoride content from mitigation plant and bore water

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  Discussion Top


The present study showed fluoride level was above optimal level in the water samples from the borewell water in the mitigation area which was similar to the baseline report produced by BAIF to the government of Karnataka. [8] In the water samples collected from the mitigation plants, fluoride level was below optimal levelconfirming it has succeeded in reaching the goal of the project.

Even though the fluoride level was within the normal range (0.03-0.8 ppm) in the water samples from the mitigation plants, ground reality was different. According to Agro climatic condition the average rainfall is 494.6 mm annually in Pavagada taluk and as rainfall is meager the area is declared as dry zone (Source: Taluk Panchayat office and Agriculture department). [9] And out of 250-300 houses in the village, the plant was implemented only in 8-10 houses of which few were not in working condition when the project was still in progress.

As the plant installed were not in working conditions people were using it for storage purposes and few demolished the plants as in spite of complaining they didn't get it repaired [Figure 2]. Finally, they ended up using the borewell water. When the villagers were asked, they reported that they use the water from the mitigation plants when it rains and in the other season they consume the borewell water. The reasons were similar to the reasons quoted in the article by Madhavi Padma. [10]
Figure 2: Present status of fluoride mitigation plants, K T Halli, Navagram

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  Conclusion Top


Even though the fluoride level was within the normal range (0.03-0.8 ppm) in the water samples from the mitigation plants, ground reality was different. And whenever a project involving public private partnership is considered, first and foremost it should be need based and there should be interaction of proper planning, monitoring and regular reinforcement. Failure in any one of the things the project will work only on papers but won't reach the beneficiaries.


  Acknowledgment Top


I would like to thank and acknowledge My father and ADA, Department of Agriculture, Pavagada for their support. I would like to extend my personal thanks to Dr. Kashinath, Principal, SSDC, Tumkur and Dr. J. V. Bharateesh for helping me during the study.

 
  References Top

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2.Paramashivam R. Proposed Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project - II (World Bank Assisted) Environmental Analysis Study-Final Report. July 2001. Available from: http://www.wds.worldbank.org/servlet/./WDSP/./2001/./multi0page.txt. [Last Cited on 15 Apr 2012].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Fluorides, nitrates in water crippling villagers; Wash news Asia and Pacific, October 29/2010. Available from: http://washasia.wordpress.com/tag/groundwater-pollution. [Last Cited on 17 Oct 2011].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.National Oral Health Survey and Fluoride Mapping 2002; Karnataka. Dental council of India 2002-2003.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.Gupta P. A study of the fluorosis mitigation project in Mundargi Taluk, Karnataka in India: Master′s Project, Advisor: Shimon Anisfeld; 2006. Available from: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/./indiawaterportal./A%20mid-/pdf [Last Cited on 6 Oct 2011].  Back to cited text no. 5
    
6.Thakur YA, Dyasa VB, Kulkarni MN. Ensuring safe drinking water through innovative technologies to eradicate fluorosis-Sachetana Project-Information manual. Pub by BIRDK and Govt of Karnataka, Dept of Rural Dev and Panchayat raj 2007. Available from: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/channels/water-quality/case-studies. [Last Cited on 17 May 2011].  Back to cited text no. 6
    
7.Rikshith PK. Studies on estimation of fluoride and defluoridation of drinking water - A project report. Thesis submitted to dept of Chemical engineering, Indian Institution of Science. 2004. Available from: http://www.textroad.com/./J.%20Basic.%20Appl.%20Chem.,%201(6) 33-3. [Last Cited on 22 June 2011].  Back to cited text no. 7
    
8.Dyasa VB, Ganga Ankad. A Baseline report of Sachethana Drinking Water Project; Pub by BIRD-K and Govt of Karnataka, Dept of Rural Dev and Panchayat raj. 2006. Available from: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/channels/water-quality/case-studies. [Last Cited on 17 May 2011].  Back to cited text no. 8
    
9.A report on climatic conditions of Pavgada taluk, Tumkur District. Pavagada: Source from Taluk Panchayat office and Agriculture department; 2011-12.  Back to cited text no. 9
    
10.Padma CM. An insight into defluoridation measures in. Nalgonda District - Andhra Pradesh: IAPHD; 2006. p. 1-5.  Back to cited text no. 10
    


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