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Around 31 brands of bottled water found unsafe.

ISLAMABAD -- Around 31 brands of bottled water, out of 87 were found unsafe, due to chemical or microbiological contamination, according to the monitoring report of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) for the quarter (January-March, 2013).

Out of those 31 unsafe brands, 13 brands have high level of Arsenic ranging from 18-379 ppb (Permissible limit is 10 ppb) which has hazardous impact on health, as it can cause cancer, Diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, heart diseases birth defects, black foot diseases etc.

Whereas 18 brands have been found contaminated microbiologically which can cause Cholera, Diarrhoea, Dysentery, Hepatitis and Typhoid.

Spokesperson PCRWR Lubna Naheed said "87 samples of mineral/bottled water brands were collected from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sialkot, Multan, D.G.Khan, Tandojam, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Gilgit.

The poor quality of drinking water in the country has forced a large cross-section of citizens to buy bottled water, she said, adding as a consequence of this expanding market, a mushroom growth of bottled water industry in the country is witnessed during the last few years.

To monitor and improve the quality of bottled water, the government has assigned the task to PCRWR for quarterly monitoring of bottled water brands and publicizing the results.

Spokesperson said the national quality control and surveillance authorities must take serious action against those companies, which are supplying contaminated bottled water to the people.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 3, 2013
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