Saturday, October 13, 2012
From Print Edition
ISLAMABAD: Analytical findings have shown that as many as 14 brands of mineral/bottled water are unsafe due to chemical or microbiological contaminations.
According to a monitoring report for the quarter July-September, 2012 prepared by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), sixty seven samples of mineral/bottled water brands have been collected from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Sialkot, Peshawar and Quetta.
The report stated that the comparison of analytical findings with permissible limits of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) revealed that 14 brands unsafe due to chemical or microbiological contaminations including Premium Pure Water, NXT, Kallan Water, Aqua Hygienic, Standard, Kalash Pure Water, Nation, Lock, Aqua National, Active, Al-Shifa, Naimat, Natur Aqua and Irma National.
Out of those 14 unsafe brands, 10 brands (Premier Pure Water, Nation, Naimat, Natur Aqua, Kallan Water, Active, Al-Shifa, Lock, Aqua National, Kalash Pure Water have high level of arsenic ranging from 14 ppb to 380 ppb (permissible limit is 10 ppb) which has hazardous impact on health, as it can cause cancer of lungs, bladder, skin, prostrate, kidney, nose and liver.
This kind of unsafe water can also cause diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, heart diseases, birth defects and black foot diseases. Five brands are unsafe due to high level of sodium (Premier Pure Water, Nation, Nature Aqua, Aqua Hygienic and Irma National, one brand for high level of potassium whereas one brand has been found microbiologically unsafe.
It is worth mentioning here that after the regular publicising of the analysis report by PCRWR at its official website and in the media, on an average 40-50 percent bottled water brands regularly disappear from the market, which are re-launched with a new brand name or, with the same brand name after an interval of three to six months. The national quality control/surveillance authorities must take serious action against those companies, which are supplying contaminated water to the public.