ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) on Thursday determined 22 brands of mineral water as harmful for human intake.
The federal government, via the Ministry of Science as well as Technology has actually appointed the task to the PCRWR for quarterly surveillance of bottled or mineral water brand names as well as advertising the lead to the very best rate of interest of public health.
For the last quarter from April to June, 180 examples of mineral or bottled water brand names were gathered from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, Mianwali, Karachi, Tandojam, Badin, Quetta, Loralai, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit. Comparison of test results with allowable restrictions of Pakistan Requirements and Quality Assurance Authority (PSQCA) revealed that 22 brands were not secure for drinking.
Fifteen brand names such as Pure, Hunza, Hidrade, Blue Plus, Sunlay, Aqua King, Springtime Fresh Life, UF Pur Edge, Douro, Dropice, Puricana Mineral, Drops, Ideal Natural, Al Barkah Water and Koyo were found to be unsafe as a result of existence of higher levels of salt ranging from 60-165 mg/L than PSQCA mineral water high quality requirement for Salt, which was 50 mg/L.
One brand name called Drops was located dangerous as a result of the visibility of a higher level of overall liquified solids (TDS) ranging 629 mg/L than PSQCA water quality criterion for TDS, which was 500 mg/L.
One brand Pure Nature was discovered unsafe as a result of the presence of 24 µg/ L arsenic versus 10 µg/ L arsenic allowable under PSQCA water quality criterion.
One more brand Pure was found risky as a result of the presence of 11 mg/L potassium against 10 mg/L permissible under PSQCA water high quality criterion for potassium.
However, 6 brands such as Alkaline Water, Al-Umer, BROOK, McWay Water, Masafi and Aqua Best were located microbiologically polluted as well as declared harmful for drinking.