Do you know the Department of Drinking Water Supply (DDWS) was set up in 1999 under the Ministry of Rural Development to make available safe drinking water in India in both rural and urban areas? This govt. body will also look after sanitation affairs. Extreme importance is being given to this sector given the increasing incidences of death owing to consumption of contaminated H2O besides lack of easy availability in most regions of the country. Crores of rupees have been allocated and utilized to achieve this objective. But the problem of the availability of safe drinking water in India still persists. Unless every home uses an advanced water purifier, this problem cannot be solved. Joined efforts of water purifications systems manufacturers, NGOs, the government, and common people at large can lead to use of the appliance in every home, thus reducing to a big extent deaths caused by water-borne diseases.
Sewage and agricultural runoff contaminate most water resources in India. During the rainy season, outbreak of water-borne diseases is more rampant. This is because sewage mixes with the sources of drinking H2O and the distribution systems. Sewage is found to contain pathogens that cause cholera, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, dysentery, typhoid, paratyphoid, jaundice, etc. These diseases are life-threatening for children. Water purifications at home before consumption is a must! Do not drink H2O directly from the tap nor should you drink H2O sold through trolleys. To stay safe, carry water in a bottle from home whenever you go out. This H2O should be purified involving use of an advanced water purifier. Even fruit juices prepared in shops and drinks containing commercial ice cubes may have contaminants. Rusted taps and leaked pipes should be changed immediately.
Drinking water in India distributed by municipal bodies during the rainy season is often smelly, particularly of chlorine. As the H2O source that is treated by the municipal corporation gets polluted with land pollutants including, soil, sewage, and agricultural wastes, eroded top soil, sewage, and sediments during rainy season leading to increased bacterial load, more bleaching powder (chorine) is added. Without further purification involving use of a water purifications system, you cannot drink it. And then whether or not it is the rainy season, bleaching powder is used by the municipal bodies to treat the H2O. Chlorine triggers the formation of trihalomethanes and chloramines; these chlorine byproducts cause cancer. The ultimate solution lies in the use of a water purifier.
Eureka Forbes happens to have the world’s largest manufacturing capacity of UV water filters in India at its green plant in Dehradun. You will come across numerous models under two different brands. One portable water purifier worth mentioning is the AquaSure Aquaflow DX. Purification happens in three stages involving use of three different types of filter cartridges. While floating particles are removed by sediment filter, organic and chemical compounds are removed by carbon block and UV lamp deactivates water-borne disease-causing bacteria and virus. Do remember not to expose UV-treated H2O to visible light for a long period of time before consumption. The dangerous microbes may get reactivated. It is drinking fresh H2O that matters. So, why store it for long or expose it to visible sunlight?