8 brands of bottled water unsafe: PCRWR

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Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in its quarterly monitoring of bottled/mineral water brands declared eight brands of drinking bottles water unsafe for consumption. According to April-June report of the council, eight brands included Fresh life, Al-Shalal, Aqua Gen, Vey, Smart Mineral Water, Al-Sahar, Douro and Do Aab Water). Water of these brands were found to be unsafe due to microbiological contamination which may cause Cholera, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Hepatitis, Typhoid etc, said a news release issued here on Thursday. Out of those unsafe brands, two brands New Premier and Natural Pure water have comparatively high levels of Arsenic ranging from 13-23 ppb than PSQCA water quality standard for arsenic (10 ppb). The excessive level of arsenic can cause various types of skin diseases, diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, heart diseases birth defects, black foot diseases and multiple types of cancers etc. Whereas two brands, New Premier and Livon, were found unsafe due to the presence of higher levels of Sodium ranging from 61-66 ppm than Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) water quality standard for sodium (50 ppm). The poor quality of drinking water has forced a large cross-section of citizens to buy bottled water. As a consequence of this expanding market a mushroom growth of bottled water industry in the country is witnessed during the last few years. However, many of the mineral/bottled water companies were found selling contaminated water.