17 Mineral Water Brands Declared Unsafe By Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR):
According to its quarterly monitoring report, the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has deemed 17 brands of bottled or mineral water unsafe for human use.
In its first quarterly report on bottled water quality monitoring for the current fiscal year 2022–23, the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), published on Wednesday, identified 17 mineral water brands as being unsafe for human consumption because of microbial, chemical, or both types of contamination.
Twenty cities provided 165 samples of mineral or bottled water brands for the quarter of 2022 (July to September).
17 mineral water brands were found to be dangerous/unsafe for human consumption when test results were compared to the bottled water quality criteria set by the Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).
The general audience is urged to read the comprehensive report in order to learn about the water quality of the bottled water brands they use.
Due to the presence of elevated sodium levels, following nine mineral water brands were determined to be dangerous/unsafe in Pakistan:
- Andani Premium Drinking Water
- Best Natural
- Nest Pure Live
Following Seven brands of mineral water found to be microbiologically contaminated and therefore unsafe for drinking:
- Nayab Pure Life
- Blue plus
- Aqua Bello
Two brands (Pure Handsome Water, Aqua One) of mineral water were found unsafe due to the presence of high levels of potassium that were above the permissible limit.
About Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR):
The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) was founded in 1964 and is a body corporate operating under the Ministry of Water Resources under the PCRWR Act 2007. Research on all facets of water, specifically irrigation, drainage, surface and groundwater management, groundwater recharge, watershed management, rainwater harvesting, desertification control, water quality, and the overall environment, must be conducted, organized, coordinated, and promoted by PCRWR.
To address current and upcoming problems in the water industry, particularly in the context of climate change, the organization encourages collaborations with national and worldwide research.
Since its inception, PCRWR has fulfilled its role as a premier organization for research and development in the water sector.
Its headquarters are in Islamabad, and it has eight regional research centers spread across the country in Tandojam, Quetta, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Muzafarabad, and Gilgit.
The Chairman, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Governors make up the Council’s management.