Delhi water is full of arsenic, fluoride: Report

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 13, 2018 20:26 hrs
World Water Day

New Delhi: Water quality in Delhi is on alarming situation, as per a recent Lok Sabha secretariat report; east and northeast districts of Delhi are undergoing arsenic contamination of groundwater, while other districts have recorded nitrate and fluoride pollution.

These three pollutants have major health impacts. While arsenic is carcinogenic, high nitrate levels are known to cause methemoglobinemia, or "blue baby" disease. The report further indicates how much the city is overdrawing its groundwater. The overexploitation accounts for 27 percent -- basis the latest study conducted on analysis of groundwater use between 2011 and 2013, for every 100 litres that get replenished, inhibits in the capital draw out 127 litres.

Raising red flags

The Lok Sabha secretariat report also red-flagged the areas in the country where there is overexploitation of groundwater. These areas comprise the northwestern part of the country including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh, the western part of the country such as Rajasthan and Gujarat and areas in peninsular India such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

With the current situation triggering the alarm button, people need to understand that microbial and organic contaminants cannot always be perceived by human senses. Traditional methods like boiling water or distilled water are just not enough to get rid of contaminants like arsenic, nitrate and fluoride.

Ask a water expert

One needs to choose the right water purifier, by asking a water expert to suggest the right water-purification technology, depending on the kind of water that you get at your place. Unless the purifier is suited for the water, it will not be able to purify the contamination. There are technologies like RO + UV + UF which not only help in purifying water but also retain all the minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, etc.

"Water in terms of quality and quantity has become a serious concern. The poor quality of water is especially taking a toll on our health and lowering the immunity levels which is affecting our day to day living. Ailments such as common cold, viral infections, influenza, pneumonia, malaria, dengue, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, typhoid and hepatitis or jaundice have become even more rampant. We all know as a matter of fact that this happens mostly because of contaminated water." said Nisha Khanna, a resident of Paschim Vihar.

Embracing technology

"Today water purifiers have become a necessity of your kitchen, you cannot just rely upon even the government's water supply. If you wish to keep your health intact you have no other choice then to switch to a water purifier which is capable of removing dissolved arsenic and fluoride in the water. Our research team had identified these issues much before and Kent has been successful in coming out with water purifier with patented Mineral ROTM technology," said Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman Kent RO Systems Ltd.

"It helps retain essential natural minerals in purified water using the TDS Controller, thereby providing 100 percent safe and tasty drinking water. Also, the double purification of RO + UV / UF removes even dissolved impurities such as chemicals, bacteria, viruses and salts, making water 100 percent pure," he added.

Steps to save water

But the use of ROs has led to more problems. While the drinking water is purified by conventional RO Water Purifier, less than 20 percent water is recovered as pure water. Reject water is essential to remove the soluble impurities from contaminated inlet water. Around 80 percent of inlet water flows out as reject water and is wasted in these conventional RO water purifiers.

On the whole, conventional RO water purifiers require 40 litres of raw water to produce 10 litres of pure and drinkable water, so one can very well imagine how much water is being flushed away daily.

"Realising this huge problem and technology lag countrywide, Kent RO systems Limited has come up with an innovative "SAVE WATER TECHNOLOGY". This is undeniably is the biggest source to save wastage of drinking water at household level. Unlike the conventional RO Water Purifiers, Kent Mineral RO Water Purifiers equipped with Save Water Technology, have a recovery rate of more than 50 percent and the reject water percentage is reduced to less than 50 percent. This is achieved through various innovative and patented processes which involve advanced flushing as well as the use of most efficient RO membranes. The unique technology basically utilises a computer-controlled process that recovers more than 50 percent water as purified water," added Gupta.

"We are happy that brands like Kent have come up with Save Water Technology. The rejected water is stored in a separate RO Reject Water Storage Tank that can be utilised for washing utensils, mopping the floor and other alternate usages, thus helps in saving water," said Ankita Rai, the user of Kent RO.

"RO Reject Water Storage Tank apart from being used in Save Water Technology RO Water Purifiers can also be used with new or existing Kent RO Water Purifiers. RO Reject Water Storage Tank can easily be mounted on the wall above the sink," added Gupta.

Sticking to the basics

So one needs to take good care of themselves and their family members and adhere to some basic precautions especially with the water that they are consuming to keep their family safe from germs. No matter what steps Government is taking to provide clean water to its citizen's one has to be cautious to purify water at home using a home water purifier. An extreme caution is to be taken with water you consume as it may be contaminated.

Along with purifying the water, one also needs to understand the importance of saving water too. Water shortage can lead to serious repercussions! Remember every drop counts.



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