KNOW YOUR WATER

Pure Drinking water is the basic need of every individual. However, this need is hardly met by many people in India. The water quality of natural resources is diminishing very fast and there is hardly any reservoir left unpolluted.

Contents of harmful pollutants have reached far beyond the permitted values in such reservoirs. This lead to many water borne diseases and ailments like Campylobacteriosis, Cryptosporidiosis, Escherichia coli Diarrhoea, Encephalitis, Gastroenteritis, Giardiasis, Hepatitis A, Leptospirosis, Methaemoglobinaemia, Poliomyelitis, Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Paratyphoid Fever, Typhoid Fever, Yersiniosis, cholera and dysentery.

According to the studies more than 4,500 die every day from waterborne diseases.

Groundwater is still drinkable upto some extent as the pollutants do not reach underground water table. However, content of salts and dissolved solids varies from place to place. Due to this variation taste and usability of such water differs from one place to another. Very high as well as very low TDS is harmful for consumption. Whereas low TDS will gradually lower the intake of essential elements, high TDS water will show harmful effects on general health. Also, high and very low TDS imparts bad taste to water.

People are bound to drink high TDS water due to unavailability of requisite measures of improving the quality of drinking water.

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) value is the direct measurement of quality of drinking water. According to World Health Organization [WHO], the quality standard of drinking water as follows in terms of TDS mg/lit:

  • < 50                  Unsuitable for drinking
  • 80-140             Excellent with sweet taste
  • 140-300           Good
  • 300-500           Fair
  • 500-900           Poor
  • >900                 Unacceptable

Extremely low TDS renders water unacceptable because of its flat, insipid taste. However, TDS range of 80-140mg/litre is the best range at which water tastes sweet and fulfills the all requirements of human body. This is why doctors generally recommend installing that RO system which gives the drinking water in 80-140 TDS range.

KITCHEN WATER ISSUES

Water is an essential component in every kitchen. It is required for cooking, washing vegetables and dishes apart from drinking purposes. One can easily imagine the gravity of concern arising from polluted water. Thus pure water is essential for healthy lifestyle and disease-free home. However, currently no such solution available to address the kitchen need of pure water.

BATHING WATER ISSUES

Hardly anyone realizes that most of the skin problems directly correlate with polluted water. Skin ailments like rashes, itchy skin, conjunctivitis, eczema, dhobi itch, urticaria, allergic reactions, skin discoloration etc.

Many have noticed that whatever shampoo/soap one uses, the cleansing effect is same and conditioning of hair is negligible even after using good hair conditioners. This is due to hardness of water used for bathing purposes. Soaps and detergents are unable to make miscels and hence cleansing effect of soap is less in hard water.

Not only this, clothes loose sheen due to high TDS water and degrade fast. Currently there is no solution available to bathing/washing water issues.

WATER STORAGE ISSUES

Presently available storage tanks involve those made up of plastic, PVC, cement etc. The plastic made tanks are seldom made up of food grade plastics. Due to weathering of tanks, the material keeps on dissolving in water they contain.

During monsoon season many people complain about odor in water, many complain about worms and algae in the water. Such issues need to be addressed with new technology.