STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has revealed that in an analytical findings 22 brands of mineral water were found to be unsafe due to chemical or microbiological contamination.
These brands included Coral Water, HI-Fresh, New Nation, Pak Aqua, HFC, Total, NG Fresh Water, ECO, Al-Habib, Silver, ORION, Aqua Arabia, Well Care, Desert Dew, New Deep, Lite Aqua, Aqua Smart, Avalon Pure Water, New Smart Aqua, Mazan Pure, Royal Blue and Aqua National, said a press release issued here by the PSQCA.
The poor quality of drinking water has forced a large cross-section of citizens to buy bottled water and 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 water companies were found selling contaminated water.
To monitor and improve the quality of bottled water, the government has designated the task to Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) for quarterly monitoring of bottled/mineral water brands and publicize the results.
According to the monitoring report for the quarter from January to March, 2016, 111 samples of mineral/bottled water brands have been collected from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, TandoJam, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Gujranwala, Karachi, Quetta, Muzaffarabad and Peshawar.
A comparison of analytical findings with permissible limits of PSQCA has revealed that 22 brands were found to be unsafe due to chemical or microbiological contamination.