Public Health and Engineering, Howrah Division

Name of the Executive Engineer Champak Bhattacharyya
Duties of the Department & Services Rural Water Supply
  • Supply of drinking water in rural areas is made primarily through the State Plan resources and through Central Assistance under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). The National Rural Drinking Water Programme, launched by Govt. of India from 01.04.2009, aims at ensuring permanent drinking water security in all the rural habitations of the State.
  • The State has also adopted a “Vision – 2020 Plan” which envisages permanent drinking water security @70 lpcd (liters per capita per day) in rural West Bengal. Further to ensure drinking water security, emphasis has been laid on piped water supply schemes with an objective to complete shift from hand pump tube-wells to piped water supply schemes in a phased manner, with provision for house to house connection.
Drinking Water Supply in Arsenic Affected Areas
  • Surface water based water supply schemes in Arsenic affected areas of Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, Burdwan, North 24 Parganas & South 24 Parganas  have been taken up, aiming to benefit the rural population of these Districts by supplying Arsenic free potable drinking water. Few of the schemes have already been commissioned.
Drinking Water Supply in Fluoride  Affected Areas
  • A comprehensive action plan on fluoride mitigation has been prepared by PHE Deptt. which shall be executed in a phased manner in 43 Fluoride affected Blocks of 7 Districts namely Birbhum, Bankura, Dakshin Dinajpur, Uttar Dinajpur, Purulia, Malda and South 24 Parganas.
Water Testing Laboratories
  • This Department is consistently paying special attention on water quality surveillance and monitoring through existing 120 nos. of water testing laboratories. The Department is establishing another 100 nos new water quality testing laboratories across the 18 Districts of the State. Department has also started to deploy on site mobile water testing facilities at all Districts.
Disaster Management
  • PHE Department has a very strong workforce to tackle the drinking water crisis due to disaster caused by flood or drought. PHE Department has 13 (thirteen) Mobile Treatment Units in its possession which are utilized for supply of safe drinking water during disaster or emergency situation. In all the Mobile Treatment Units there is a provision of instant packaging of treated water in polythene packets and are extremely beneficial in providing and distributing safe drinking water to the suffering people during flood and other natural calamities.
  •  PHE Department is implementing 8 (eight) nos. of Drinking Water Bottling Plants in South 24 Parganas, Siliguri, Coochbehar, Malda, Murshidabad, Purbasthali, Haringhata and Barrackpore to cater to the emergency situations like drought, flood and to ensure safe drinking water to the gathering of people in different occasions like mela etc. 4 (four) such Water Bottling Plants at South 24 Paraganas; Nadia; Bardhaman and Murshidabad have already been completed and are in production process.  Production process for the other 4 (four) plants will commence very shortly.
IEC & HRD Activities
  • Social mobilization across all the Districts by conducting mass meetings and short films on best practices & linkage of health & sanitation.
  • IEC activities in Primary and Secondary Schools through quiz contests by teachers, distribution of caps, T-shirts, pencil boxes, leaflets, banners and posters.
  •  IEC activities through print media like leaflets, banners and posters with general messages on water, sanitation and hygiene and also exhibiting toll-free no. to take the complaints from users.
Other Activities

In order to extend better facilities to the pilgrims of Ganga Sagar Mela, PHE Deptt. has taken up several measure like provision of temporary accommodation, water supply facilities and fire fighting arrangements, sanitation, waste water and solid waste disposal etc

Administrative Structure
Function in details
Supply of potable drinking water to rural population of Howrah District through piped water supply schemes (47 Nos. under O&M and 18 Nos. ongoing) and also through hand pump tubewells is being done by Howrah Division, PHE Dte. thus ensuring drinking water security for the community. Covered population of Howrah District through various piped water supply schemes is 22,50,413 and the total number of functional tube wells/ spot sources are 14098. Piped water supply schemes with provision for house to house connection to reduce the burden on women & children is being provided for a number of existing as well as new schemes.
A mega water supply project for Bally Jagacha Block (Phase-I) and part of Domjur Block (Phase-II) with a total project cost of Rs. 150 crores using raw water of river Hooghly as source & treating the same through a Water Treatment Plant (WTP) before supply to the community is under progress. In the 1st phase 3 mouzas and 6 census towns & in the 2nd phase 19 mouzas and 8 census towns will be covered with a benefitted population of 2.86 lakhs and 3.85 lakhs respectively. The project is aimed to be commissioned by March 2016.
District laboratory at Domjur and three other water testing laboratories are functioning together to test various chemical and bacteriological parameters of water ensuring its pot ability under Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance Programme.During disaster caused by flood or drought or during any form of epidemic, the Mobile Treatment Unit under Howrah Division, PHE Dte. is always ready to supply potable drinking water to the affected people and community.