Recently the government of India has released the Water Quality Report. The report prepared by Bureau of India Standards (BIS) on the quality of piped drinking water being supplied in the country and also rank the States, Smart Cities and even Districts based on the quality of tap water.
Tests were conducted on various parameters such as Organoleptic and Physical Tests, Chemical test, Toxic substances and Bacteriological tests in the first stage.
Among metro cities, water supply in Delhi failed on many parameters to meet the standard in all samples; while Mumbai performed best as none its samples failed in any parameter.
Indian government wants to make BIS Standards mandatory for Tap Water so as to ensure quality drinking water for all households.
The report is in line with the government’s program ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ which aims at providing clean and safe drinking water to all by 2024.
Use of RO Water Purifier
Residents of Delhi and many other cities are bound to use RO water purifier as the water supplied to their houses are not drinkable. But Mumbaikars don’t need RO water purifiers and can safely drink water directly from their tap. The BMC report suggests.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT, India) has already refused to review its order directing the government to prohibit RO purifiers in regions where total dissolved solids (TDS) concentration in water is below 500 mg per litre and sensitise the public about the ill-effects of demineralised water.