Monday, 16 April 2012

Cancer-causing elements found in seven brands of water

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), in its quarterly report, has revealed that arsenic was present in seven brands of bottled water, which could cause cancer (of lungs, bladder, skin, prostrate, kidney, nose and liver), diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, heart diseases, birth defects and black-foot disease.

Besides this, sodium was present in five brands of bottled water, potassium in one and bacteriological contamination in three brands of bottled water.

Diseases caused by these contaminations include cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid, hypertension and Hyperkalemia.

Talking to APP, PCRWR spokesperson Lubna Naheed said that samples of 75 commercially available brands of mineral/bottled water were collected for the quarter January-March from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, DI Khan, Sialkot, Sahiwal, Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi and Hyderabad. Comparison of analytical findings with permissible limits of the Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) revealed that 12 brands were unsafe due to chemical (arsenic, sodium, potassium) or microbiological (coliform bacteria) contamination. app


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