PCRWR: These 22 brands of water have been declared ‘Unsafe’ for consumption!

Twenty-two bottled water brands have been identified as ‘unsafe’ for human consumption by the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) on Thursday. According to reports, the Ministry of Science and Technology had instructed the PCRWR to monitor different bottled and mineral water brands quarterly. PCRWR was required to publish their results after the research in the best interest of public health.

The Research of Bottled Water

PCRWR collected 180 samples of mineral or bottled water brands for the last quarter (April to June) from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, Mianwali, Karachi, Tandojam, Badin, Quetta, Loralai, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad, and Gilgit. Comparing test results with permissible limits of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) revealed that 22 brands were not safe for drinking.

Water Brands considered ‘Unsafe’

The quality standard for sodium as per PSQCA guidelines is 50 mg/L. Fifteen brands contained a high level of sodium ranging from 60 – 165 mg/L, becoming ‘unsafe’ for consumption:

  1. Pure
  2. Hunza
  3. Hidrade
  4. Blue Plus
  5. Sunlay
  6. Aqua King
  7. Spring Fresh Life
  8. UF Pur Edge
  9. Douro
  10. Dropice
  11. Puricana Mineral
  12. Drops
  13. Best Natural
  14. Al Barkah Water
  15. Koyo

One brand called Drops was found unsafe due to a higher level of total dissolved solids (TDS) ranging 629 mg/L than PSQCA water quality standard for TDS, which was 500 mg/L. One brand named Pure Nature was found unsafe due to the presence of 24 µg/L arsenic against 10 µg/L arsenic permissible under the PSQCA water quality standard. Another brand named Pure was found unsafe due to 11 mg/L potassium against 10 mg/L permissible under PSQCA water quality standard for potassium.

Six brands were found microbiologically contaminated and were declared ‘unsafe’ for drinking:

  1. Alkaline Water
  2. Al-Umer
  3. BROOK
  4. McWay Water
  5. Masafi
  6. Aqua Best

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