KARACHI - Following the emergence of naegleria, the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has established a Monitoring Cell to ensure quality of drinking water being supplied on the mark of standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).These actions are taken on the directives of Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan, Minister Local Bodies Agha Siraj Durrani, Health Minister Sagheer Ahmed and Secretary Local Bodies, who are also monitoring the whole process.Addressing a joint press conference, the provincial Secretary of Local Government Department Fazalur Rehman and KWSB MD Misbahuddin Fareed said that KWSB had established a Naegleria Monitoring Cell and through this collaborative initiative, an exceptional monitoring process has been devised to monitor the water quality 24 hours a day. They further said that KWSB had established the Monitoring Cell on the very first reports regarding Naegleria Protozoa. They said we are testing the water on WHO standards, ensuring that the water supply does not contain any contamination or bacteria.Misbahuddin Fareed stated that the water supplied to Karachi is added with ample amount of Chlorine according to the standard formula. The chlorination process is carried out on a specific formula because excess amount of chlorine could be dangerous to health. KWSB is ensuring that 2.5-PPM chlorine is added at all six filter plants, he added. Fareed informed that KWSB has distributed more than one million pamphlets among the citizens, and took all necessary actions with full collaboration with Health Department. He said that 25 chemists are working on 6 filter plants and they test more than 150 samples daily. Furthermore, KWSB is doing all in its power to supply with clean water but the chlorine evaporates from water after a certain period. However, this chlorine cleans the water before evaporation.Misbhauddib Fareed advised Health Department, town health officers, Secretary Health and EDO Health to ensure better sampling process a collaborative strategy should be devised and instead of collecting independent samples, all samples should be collected collaboratively.He claimed that KWSB is fully aware of its responsibilities and we are fulfilling our duties to keep the citizens safe and provide them with a clean supply. KWSB also double check chlorination process and then further ensure it by taking samples from different points.The KWSB MD has requested the citizens, associations and mosque committees to ensure the cleansing of their underground tanks and overhead tanks. He also requested owners and associations of hospitals, schools, colleges, shopping malls and offices to ensure the cleansing of their water tanks. He said that the mud settled in the bed of these tanks affect the efficiency of chlorine since the mud in such tanks dissolves the chlorine within half an hour.