India – Chemical water purifier not safe


Drinking water in most of the cities in India is unsafe for drinking; so many households rely on water purifiers.  A study conducted by Healthy You foundation revealed that all chemical water purifiers fall short of required safety standards.

 Bejon Misra lead the study named ‘Safety of Storage water purifiers’, commissioned by NGO, Healthy You foundation revealed that

  • Regulatory mechanism is most needed in case of chemical-based water purifiers
  • The branded players fall short of adequate disclosure requirements like the type of chemicals used, life of filters and other components
  • In India, unlike producers of natural mineral water and packaged drinking water who are required to meet BIS standards, there is no such mechanism for ensuring safety of potable water purification devices
  • Generally chemical-based purifiers cannot remove dissolved solids from water and thus not recommended in areas with high hardness or other dissolved solids

Response from Healthy You
Healthy You President, S Krishnan, nodded in agreement with the study and said that “There is a great risk of formation of disinfection by-products, even in the most commonly used disinfectant – Chlorine. It can lead to adverse health effects in the long run, ranging from metabolic disorders to renal failure and cancer.”

Response from Industry
Misra proposed that “There should be a comprehensive mandatory labeling based on international best practices.”  Currently in India, the technologies used by various brands use chemicals like TCCA (Trichlorocyanuric acid) are nano silver, iodine and bromine.

Hindustan Unilever Ltd: Vikram Surendran, General Manager (Water) said that:

“We support the views that there should be comprehensive...

testing done to verify the claims made by different water purifier manufacturers and that appropriate standards need to be developed by the government and industry bodies for water purifiers in general.”

Eureka Forbes: Aslam Karmali, CEO acknowledged: “Our product uses resin technology that uses bromine. The US EPA has explicitly allowed the use of HaloPure beads (that contain bromine) in a water purification system. We did not mention the US EPA registration in the consumer literature or packaging because of low Indian consumer awareness of EPA. However, we plan to do it in future.”

Most of the developed countries have their own agencies that monitor safety standards for all types of drinking water, like in US EPA (Environment Protection Agency).

Water is one of the most basic needs of human being and water borne diseases are burden to healthcare system.  On the one hand, India’s GDP is growing at a rate of double digits on annual basis, but the Government fails to address the most basic needs of people.  It may take some time to pull together the much necessary regulations regarding chemical filters; I hope Healthy You or Government comes up with a help service which can educate people of risks that incur with the filter systems they have been using.

Healthy Drinking!

Source: Financial express news

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