ISLAMABAD: The Water Resources Research Council (PCRWR) in Islamabad has confirmed that 22 brands selling water in Pakistan are not potable.
The government has directed that the water of the brands be checked every three months and the results be made public.
180 samples of these brands were obtained from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi, Tando Jam, Badin, Quetta, Loralai, Peshawar, Abbottabad, Sialkot, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Mianwali, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit.
The results of these samples, combined with a report by the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), show that there are 22 brands whose water is unsafe for human life.
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The amount of arsenic in a brand is found to be 24 micrograms per liter, while according to the standards of the control authority, the amount of arsenic in drinking water should be 10 micrograms per liter.
The amount of sodium in water should be 50 mg per liter. One liter of water bottle should contain 500 mg of TDS.
There are also 15 brands such as Pure, Hunza, Hydride, Blue Plus, Sunley, Aqua King, Spring Fresh Life, UFP Edge, Doro, Dropace, Puree Kana, Drops, Best Natural, Alberka Water and Coyoko Sodium has been declared unsafe.