Delhi has the most unsafe tap water

News:Union Minister of Consumer Affairs has released the Water Quality Report for State Capitals & Delhi as analysed by the Bureau of India Standards (BIS).


About the report:

  • The samples of drinking water were tested as per Indian Standard 10500:2012 (Specification for Drinking Water) as set by the Bureau of India Standards (BIS).
  • The tests were conducted on various parameters such as Organoleptic and Physical Tests, Chemical test, Toxic substances and Bacteriological tests.
  • This study was conducted as per directions of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to check the quality of piped drinking water being supplied in the country in keeping with the objectives of the Jal Jeevan Mission.

Key takeaways from the report:

  • A vast majority of the samples have failed to comply with the requirements in one or more parameters.
  • In Delhi,all the 11 samples drawn from various places did not comply with the requirements of the Indian Standard & failed on several parameters.
  • The city of Mumbai was ranked first in the list of Indian cities to have the cleanest tap water.
  • Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar stood second and third respectively with one of their samples failing on one parameter.

Additional information:

About Jal Jeevan mission:

  • The mission seeks to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections (HarGharJal) to all rural households by 2024.
  • It will be implemented by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Jal Shakti Ministry.

About BIS:

  • The Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS) is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016.It works under the aegis of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.
  • It aims for harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  • BIS has been providing traceability and tangibility benefits to the national economy in a number of ways by (a)Providing safe reliable quality goods (b)Minimizing health hazards to consumers (c)Promoting exports and imports substitute and (d)Control over the proliferation of varieties through standardization, certification and testing.