A lack of safe drinking water at hospitals will soon be a thing of the past in the Indian state of Karnataka, according to media reports.

A new initiative will see the installation of reverse osmosis purification systems at 20 district hospitals and 147 taluk (sub-distrct) hospitals.

“The availability of safe potable water is a major problem in a majority of government hospitals. We have decided to implement the scheme to provide clean drinking water to patients,” state health commissioner Subodh Yadav was quoted as saying.

The plants will be set up jointly by the state health and rural development and panchayat raj departments. Rs10 crore (US$1.6 million) has been allocated for the project.

“In the first phase, we plan to cover hospitals in the districts and taluks and later extend the scheme to public health centers and community centers,” Yadav said.