12 brands of bottled water found unsafe for human consumption

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The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has shared findings of its quarterly report according to which twelve brands (Doctor Water, MEZAN, Ab-e-Muskan, Refine, Pure Life, Ab-e-Hayat, Douro, Zimal, JEL, Safa Drinking Water, Sunlay and Aqua King) have been found unsafe.

These brands are not recommended for consumption because of the presence of higher levels of sodium ranging from 58-85 mg/L than PSQCA bottled water quality standard for Sodium (50 mg/L), a statement issued by the PCRWR said on Wednesday

One brand (i.e. Pure Nature) was found unsafe due to the presence of higher level of Arsenic i.e. 23 µg/L than PSQCA water quality standard for Arsenic (10 µg/L), it further said.

Meanwhile, two brands (Zindagi Plus and Aqua Safe) were found unsafe due to the presence of a higher level of Potassium i.e. 13-15 mg/L than PSQCA water quality standard for Potassium (10 mg/L).

Six brands (Safi, Abe-Muskan, Ice Well, Natural Water, Top Up, Aqua Star). They were found microbiologically contaminated, the report further said.

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