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Picking the right water purifier

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Picking the right water purifier
There are 17 different kinds of water conditions across India and there is no one-size-fits-all solution that can be adopted to purify water, explains Marzin Shroff

The war over clean drinking water is still hotting up all over the country. While the problem of water contamination remains one of the most crucial health concerns in India, it is only recently — with the series of chaos, debates and discussions — that the ill-effects of polluted water have finally dawned upon us. Quite interestingly, one of the pertinent issues prevailing in the Indian drinking water space is not only the severe water contamination threat and depletion of water reservoirs, but lack of awareness among people about availability of water purification technology.

With sweltering summers nearly coming to an end, monsoons are the most anticipated season of the year — a breather and respite from the unbearable wave of heat. Although rains are a pleasant respite, they bring along a host of diseases and infections. In fact, the presence of certain bacteria like E. coli can lead to severe gastroenteritis, diarrhea, vomiting, food poisoning and other illnesses.

Especially with monsoons being just around the corner, one can follow some basic tips to evade a spate of diseases that strike during this season. Since the market is flooded with a variety of water purifiers, the least one can do is to choose the right one that ensures the water you drink is safe and healthy.

Merely boiling water is not enough

Boiling water is effective in eliminating water-borne bacteria and virus, but it has no effect on chlorine content and cysts, nor does it remove turbidity, organic and inorganic impurities. Also, water needs to be boiled for minimum 20 minutes for it to effectively deactivate disease-causing micro-organisms. Secondly, most people are unaware that boiled water, when kept in an open container to cool down, is prone to re-contamination with certain bacteria.

No one-size-fits-all technology

Several studies have shown that India has varying water conditions, and clearly there’s no single technology which can purify water in every region. People assume that there is one technology that can solve all water problems. The fact is that there are 17 different kinds of water conditions across India and there is not one-size-fits-all solution that can be adopted to purify water. It is important to understand the water quality and accordingly decide on the purifier.

RO (reverse osmosis) is meant to remove certain heavy metals and contaminants which are found in a few locations, not all. If one uses RO water purification in areas where it is not required, then it leads not only to demineralised water but also adds to water wastage. When one uses an RO purifier where it is not exactly suited, there is a wastage of seven glasses of drinking water for one glass. For instance, in Mumbai, UV or a UF technology water purifier will be most suited  and will provide good quality drinking water.

Retaining minerals, vitamins crucial

Demineralised water or low-mineral content water — in the light of absence or substantial lack of essential minerals in it — is not considered ideal for drinking, and therefore, its regular consumption may not provide adequate levels of nutrients. There are a range of superior and customised water solutions in the market that are equipped with patented mineral cartridge and biotron technology which magnetises and declusters water molecules, providing healthy water.

Fighting new-age contaminants

Generally, water supplied from lakes, rivers, and harvested rainwater has a lower concentration of TDS, whereas the water drawn from borewells or supplied by tankers has a higher concentration of TDS and other harmful chemicals. Choose a water purifier that has the ability to remove the new-age contaminants.

Water purification is like any other form of treatment. One needs to know what is wrong before you treat the symptom. The solution here lies in choosing the right water purification technology to insure the health of your near and dear ones.

The writer is CEO, Direct Sales, and Senior  Vice-President, Marketing, Eureka Forbes Limited




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