ISLAMABAD: National Assembly was informed Thursday that 41 brands of drinking water were selling contaminated drinking water and playing havoc with masses in the name of purity and quality.
Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid told the House in a written reply that during a sample testing campaign by Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) during April-June 2013, 27 brands were found selling water chemically or biologically unsafe.
The PCRWR had collected 86 samples of mineral water brands from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, D G Khan, D I Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Tandojam, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar, the House was informed. When these samples were tested in accordance with the permissible limits of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority, it was revealed that the said brands were selling drinking water injurious to health.
The 27 brands which were stated to be selling contaminated water include Best Nation, Lock, Kalash Pure Water, Best Water, Cool, Aqua National, Active, Elixir, Nature Aqua, Aqua Safe, Al Sana, Oxigyzer, PanPura, Premier Pure Water, Safi Mineral Water, NN Welfare, Aqua Royal, Water Empire, Water Plus, Breg, Lite Wave, Oslo, Zindagi, Mathar, Sea Breeze, Kallan Water and Sunlay.
Similarly, after a time span of three months in July-September 2013, once again the testing process was conducted and 21 brands were found selling contaminated water. These samples also included those seven brands that were also found selling contaminated water during campaign in April-June 2013. These brands include Best National, Lock, Kalash Pure Water, Best Water, Cool, Aqua National and Active. Other brands found contaminated during July-September 2013 included Crystal Pure Water, Sparkle, Kinley, Al-Saudia, Naimat, Bliss Water, Union, Classic, A R Water, Verbena, Khaleej, Ideal Life, Miracle, and Al-Habib.
The minister informed the House that quarterly monitoring report of July-September 2013 has been disseminated to provincial Chief Secretaries with the request to take legal action against the substandard brands.
He said to control the contamination, besides the actions by the provincial governments, Director General Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority has been instructed to establish a coordination mechanism with PCRWR and keep the Ministry of Science and Technology informed about legal actions against all those brands selling contaminated bottled water.