You may have switched to packaged mineral water to avoid drinking tap water, which contains toxins and hazardous elements.
Now, the question is, “Are you sure that the packaged water you drink is 100 percent safe?”
Well, the generic answer is we all thought bottled water is safe. However, recent reports tell a different story.
According to a test conducted by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Maharashtra, there are high levels of toxins in the bottled water there.
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The scientists of BARC team carried out test on 90 samples of 18 brands of packaged water of different manufacturers. The test result showed that 27 percent samples contained Bromates higher than the permitted limits set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Bromate is actually a salt that contains Bromide. Higher levels of this chemical compound can cause serious health hazards such a cancer among humans as confirmed by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
This is a serious issue for consumers to ponder, and embarrassing news for the manufacturers.
The Current State of Packaged Water Industry in India
The packaged water industry in India has become a huge business!
This industry is expected to grow at the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent and is likely to reach 160 billion mark in 2018!
Is this growth happening at the cost of consumers’ health in India?
The Bureau of Indian Standards clarifies that on many occasions, bottled water is fetched from ground water, which usually contains heavy metals that are likely to cause chronic diseases such as heart problems, hypertension and dementia.
Despite the claims by leading packaged manufacturers of maintaining the highest standards of filtration process, it seems that the water they provide still have unwanted pollutants. Even after paying high prices for the bottled water expecting good quality, consumers are still found to be at the receiving end due to the lack of sensibility of these companies.
In this context, there is an interesting fact about the consumption of packaged water in the U.S. According to upworthy.com, the amount of bottled water U.S citizens buy every week are enough to circle the globe five times! India too does not lag behind much in terms of packaged water consumption. However, the health issues persist in both the countries.
Why Bottled Water is Not What You Think of
Recent reports on packaged water may have opened the pandora’s box.
Most Indian consumers have not been aware that the money they are shelling out for those leading brands of mineral water are not worth it.
Here are the reasons:
- As mentioned earlier, bottled water comes from the same source as the tap water, and consumers pay way too much higher prices for them.
- Most of the plastic bottles used for packaging are not recyclable. After drinking, consumers simply throw them away, and it is harmful for the environment.
- The chemical compounds remain in the water even after filtering. These toxins come from both the plastic bottle and the extracted water.
- Besides Bromide and Bromate, there are other high levels of chemical compounds found in the bottled water such as Chlorite and Chlorate.
So, if the packaged water industry wants to maintain its current growth rate, the manufacturers need to resolve these issues immediately. Compromising with consumers’ health may not work any longer.
For any issues and complaints related to packaged water, raise your voice NOW so that you do not have to go through any health hazards in the future.