Friday , December 9 2016

Unhygienic water cans may lead to health problems

The reusable jars are so dirty so that I don’t feel like using that. I am paying Rs 40 for the 20-litre water can. When we complain, the suppliers says we have to pay more to avail the transparent bubble tops. The unclean jars might pose health hazards.

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Studies show that re-use of plastic bottles—which get dinged up through normal wear and tear while being washed—increases the chance that chemicals will leak out of the tiny cracks.

The demand for canned drinking water is progressively increasing in the city.

Visakhapatnam: The demand for canned drinking water is progressively increasing in the city as not only offices/business units, but many households have also started using it over the years. Though, the households are now expressing their concern over the substandard cans being used by the manufacturing units. The civic body supplies a piped drinking water for about an hour. So, many households for whom fetching the water at the supply time is not convenient and are doubtful about the quality of water, mostly depend on the canned water.

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“The reusable jars are so dirty so that I don’t feel like using that. I am paying Rs 40 for the 20-litre water can. When we complain, the suppliers says we have to pay more to avail the transparent bubble tops. The unclean jars might pose health hazards” said R. Lakshmi, a government employee living in MVP Colony.  Many users also pointed out that they get a foul smell when a can is sub-standard.  

“The usage of the plastic can is itself harmful and using it for a long time it is making things worse. The cans must be used for a certain period only,” said Mamta Narang, a nutritionist.

 According to the guidelines of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) which gives ISI certification, the transparency of a reusable water jar must have a minimum of 85 percent and also jars which get de-shaped and damaged are not permitted for use.

Still, many packaged water manufacturing units are openly breaking the rules and using the reusable jars for years, so long as that gets damaged. When some water manufacturing units were asked about the cans, they have attributed it to the scrupulous units. The unit owners alleged that the fake water packaging units are missing their labels and they are selling the water in substandard cans with a cheaper price.

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