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BAN ON RO PURIFIERS MAY LEAD TO MULTIFOLD INCREASE IN WATER CONTAMINATION CASES

February 24, 2020 04:15 PM

New Delhi, 24th Feb (P.T.News) : Delhi NCR is already struggling hard to provide adequate drinking water fit for human consumption. The BIS, last year, ranked several cities on official water supply quality. Delhi was last. Out of the 28 test parameters, Delhi failed 19, Chennai 9, and Kolkata 10.The Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) of NITI Aayog says that 70% of water supply is contaminated. Laboratory reports from East, West, North-East Delhi and Gurugram rated the supplies unfit for drinking primarily because of bacterial contamination. It is disheartening that more than 680 million people in India do not have access to safe water, resulting in 2 lakh deaths every year. The World Bank reports that 21 per cent of communicable diseases in India are owing to unsafe drinking water.In the light of the above data released by Government authorities, having a water purifier at home is a necessity.We all know safe and pure drinking water at home is essential for your well-being. Water which is an essential element to life also happens to be a good solvent. It has the capability to dissolve substances that comes in contact with it. And these could be chemicals, pollutants etc. which can be life threatening if consumed. Moreover, water itself contains abundance of organisms like bacteria and viruses and if swallowed, can lead to water borne diseases. Despite the fact that the tap water that you receive in your home is purified at source, it could still get contaminated while it is being transported to your house through pipelines, tankers etc.

“Most of the households receive water supplied by the municipal corporation. The source of the supply is unknown. At times, most of the households receive hard water which is not healthy for consumption in any form.  We as conscious and alarmed citizens are aware that contaminated and impure drinking water can lead to illness such as typhoid, diarrhea, jaundice etc. Also groundwater contains harmful chemicals like fluoride and arsenic which cannot be purified simply by boiling the water.Microbial and organic contaminants cannot always be perceived by human senses. And traditional methods like boiling water or distilled water are just not enough to get rid of contaminants like arsenic, nitrate and fluoride.”Most places, including major Indian cities such as Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru, it is reported water contamination by toxic chemical such as arsenic, lead and micro plastics requires RO technology for removal.

 

But the concern with RO water purifiers is that during the purification process of water, around 70 to 80% of water is wasted. With increased popularity and indiscriminate use of RO systems, it was leading to a huge wastage of water. Further, the de-mineralization of water is not required if the input water has TDS less than 500 mg/litre. But the common people were unaware of this fact and were installing RO water purifiers without testing TDS in input water at their home.To fix this problem, NGT asked Centre in May 2019 to ban RO water purifiers in areas where piped water supply has TDS count lower than 500mg/litre. This was challenged in the Supreme Court of India by Water Quality Association of India, which represents companies that make RO systems. The Supreme Court however declined to intervene and asked Water Quality Association to approach the government. The government has now issued a notification seeking all stake holder’s views on this issue. The question arises is banning RO a solution when one-third of the families in Delhi is dependent on ROs for drinking water. After all, it is a matter of our health and the health of our loved ones.

Acute shortage and depleting groundwater levels together have alongside led to an upsurge in demand for water treatment products that helps save water by reducing wastage. Most of the water filtration companies are now innovating to develop the harvest from raw water.

Reports indicate that 98 districts in 13 states, have High TDS which can be purified only by RO systems. This is an answer alone to this the ban.

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New Delhi, 21 February (P.T.news) :  On the day which is solely dedicated to lovers, Debayan Saha, founder of PerSapien and inventor of Minus2point5 portrayed his concern and love for the environment by getting space in the 1st edition of Tech2Innovate to demonstrate the working of Minus 2point5 device.

J-PAL South Asia partners with the Government of Odisha to maximize the impact of anti-poverty programs

New Delhi :  Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia co-founded by Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Odisha to engage in a strategic evidence-based approach to policy making in order to maximize the impact of state anti-poverty programs across a wide range of sectors. Under this partnership, J-PAL South Asia, which is hosted at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, will provide technical assistance for the scale-up of evidence-backed programs to improve development outcomes.

18-year-old Woman Dies of Dengue in Hyderabad, Debt-distressed Father Struggles to Save Her Siblings

Hyderabad ,18 september ( Panjabi Times News) An eighteen-year-old woman, S Supriya, died of the mosquito-borne disease dengue in Hyderabad on September 13. The teenager was rushed from a Nalgonda private hospital, 101 kms from the Telangana capital, to a bigger private hospital in Hyderabad for her treatment. However, she started to bleed internally and externally. She was in the ICU for a day before succumbing to the mosquito-borne disease the next afternoon.Two of her younger siblings, 7-year-old Suryanarayana, and 5-year-old Sanjana, are also in the ICU of the same hospital, reported NDTV.

Nirav Modi Remanded to Custody in UK Prison until October 17

London:,18 september ( Panjabi Times News) Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, was on Thursday further remanded to judicial custody until October 17. Nirav, 48, appeared before the Westminster 

Four Wards in Coimbatore Declared as Dengue Hotspots, Civic Bodies to Take Action

While Telangana is the worst affected by the mosquito-borne disease, other states and cities in India are also suffering the menace caused by dengue. In a recent development, Coimbatore has developed several dengue hotspots.

Weeks After Children Found Eating Roti-Salt in UP School, 29 Booked for Selling 9,300 kg Foodgrains

Lucknow,18 september ( Panjabi Times News) Nearly 29 persons have been booked for a massive scam in the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme in three districts of Uttar Pradesh — Rae Bareli, Kannauj and Pratapgarh — where foodgrain meant for school children were being sold in the open market.

NASA Hunts the Moon's Shadows for Lander Vikram, Reviews Images of Its Landing Site

Houston,18 september ( Panjabi Times News) NASA is analysing, validating and reviewing the images clicked by its lunar orbiter of the area on the Moon where India's Chandrayaan-2 mission made an unsuccessful attempt to soft land its Vikram module, according to a media report that quoted a project scientist of the US space agency.NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has snapped a series of images during its flyby on September 17 of Vikram's attempted landing sight near the Moon's uncharted south pole.

Tamil Better Suited to be National Language': DMK's Spin to Amit Shah's Hindi Pitch

Chennai,18 september ( Panjabi Times News): After Union Home Minister Amit Shah's recent pitch of hinging India's identity to the Hindi language created ripples of dissent across the country, the DMK has argued that Tamil is a better suited option.

Tobacco taking more than 140 lives every day in Karnataka : Pledge for Life campaign will make a difference

Bengaluru , 19 sep ( P.T.News) : More than 140 deaths every day in Karnataka are attributable to tobacco use while more than 50,000 are dying every year.  Talking about youngsters, 12 children are introduced to tobacco every hour.

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