A random collection of tap water samples from 11 areas and its preliminary investigation said has revealed that tap water is not at all safe for drinking. A source of government said that the samples took for the test did not meet the subsequent norms settled down by the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) (a national body that mounts or draw quality standards for different products and services).
PH level, odor, and acidity were the main parameters and were found much higher in the samples of tap water than the recommended norms. The final report with much detailing will be shared in a month.
Delhi households voluntarily sent the samples to BIS and when they were tested, the results shown were found substandard by the BIS. The tap water was supplied by both the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and samples have given were from that water only.
To discourse this issue and talk about the steps to take for such a problem, Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister has called a meeting on October 3. More senior representatives from the Delhi government, DJB, NDMC, and the urban development ministry were also present at the meeting.
The 11 samples of water from different areas explained the perfect impurity of the tap water. Further investigation will also be attempted and the more information with final reports will be expected to be out in a month or soon.
Mr. Paswan after a review meeting with BIS and other ministry officials on the quality standards said “I am here since 1977. The quality of tap water has deteriorated. Ask anyone, they will tell tap water is sub-standard in Delhi. It is not drinkable at all.”
In response to this, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s Chief Minister and also a chairman of DJB, had exclaimed that corrective measures for the water utility will also be introduced, if there are any inadequacies found.
They also said that in other developed countries like Europe, a clear mention of tap water is informed to everyone (say, tap water is potable or not). No such certification in India is there, they said. Asked if other states are complying with tap water standards, a senior BIS official said: “The standards are voluntary. So no state has come forward and taken a certification. We don’t know if some states are implementing it or not. Some of them might be doing it.”
Ways to Protect Yourself from Unsafe Drinking Water
- Water that’s safe to drink should ideally be clear with no odor.
- If your region is dependent on tap water, boiling is the key
- Choose your filter or RO system carefully. Make sure to check the levels of TDS (Total Dissolved Salts).
- When in doubt, use only boiled water, treated water or bottled water for drinking and cooking.