Is my drinking water safe?

Is my drinking water safe?

Unfortunately, our tap water, instead of doing wonders has become a threat to our well-being and health. Excessive treatment of the water supply increases the salts to an unacceptable level. Pesticides, agricultural runoffs, Sewage, industrial wastes as many as 500 different disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and parasites contaminate fresh water.

Today, More and more people are turning to bottled water and water filter systems. With water quality in most cities being abysmal, the all-India market for packaged drinking water is growing at the rate of nearly 4-0% per anum.

Over the last 20 years, manufacturers of water purifying machines have emerged as winners. However, the range of purifiers and filters available in the market are not all effective as they claim to be. Most water purification devices available in the market do not remove harmful pesticides.

Th most effective technique which rids water of bacterial contamination as well as pesticide is the reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane technique. The technique, now easily accessible in India, forces water molecules through a 0.0001 micron semi-permeable membrane which is able to remove even pesticides. But they do come with a high price tag.

What ever the technique used to purify water, It is equally important to store water properly and hygienically.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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