Which water is safe to drink?
The Hindu is publishing an article on water safety in India that will be published here in the next couple of days.
The article, which will be shared across various social media platforms, will analyse and explain the water safety issues faced by the citizens of India, in particular those living in the capital.
In India, drinking tap water is widely considered to be the best and safest drinking water source for people in the country, with over 70% of water users drinking tap in their homes.
However, many other countries around the world, including the US, have introduced mandatory limits on the amount of water that people can consume, including tap water in India.
India has also had a water crisis, with around 70% water users reporting that they are using tap water to wash their hands, according to the India Water Quality Assurance Authority (WQAA).
The article will cover the main water safety problems faced by Indians, as well as a few other water related topics.
“India is a major exporter of water, which has been consumed for millions of years.
Water has become a major issue for many of the citizens, as it has become more and more expensive.
With increasing water consumption, it is becoming harder and harder for India to supply water to its citizens,” said the WQAA spokesperson.
The WQAA has also reported that India’s water quality has worsened in the last two years, with the level of toxic pollutants increasing over the last three years, according the WqAA.
Tap water is the second most commonly used drinking water in the world after tap water for humans, with water usage accounting for the majority of water consumed in India, the W QAA said.
Water has become one of the most common sources of pollution in India as the amount and type of chemicals used in water treatment are also highly regulated, said the spokesperson.
According to the W qA, tap water consumption in India has been rising steadily since the 1990s.
Between 1997 and 2007, the number of households using tap increased from 12.6 million to 19.3 million households, with households consuming 6.6 billion litres of water annually, the spokesperson said.
“The average daily consumption of water for people living in India was around 8.8 litres in the year 2000, but it has grown steadily over the years,” said Prasad Goyal, the general secretary of the India Tap Water Users Association.
According to data from the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), the country’s water consumption rose from 10.4 billion litres in 1995 to 15.3 billion litres last year.
While the use of tap water has been increasing steadily in India for decades, it has increased significantly in recent years due to rising water usage.
From 2000 to 2015, the average daily usage of water in all households in India rose from 2.7 million litres to 3.1 million litres per day.
More than 60% of households in the entire country are drinking tap, according TOI.
Drinking tap water can pose health risks due to exposure to toxic contaminants, especially those that can cause cancer and birth defects, said Dr. Bimal Chakravarty, head of water and sanitation at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Research Institute.
He said drinking tap is one of India’s biggest sources of polluted water and can also lead to diarrhoea and other serious health issues.
It is important to know what kind of water you are using, said Chakravarma.
Swapping tap water with bottled water can be a way to reduce the amount that people are exposed to, he said.