Delhi Water Not Fit as per ISO Standards

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BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) has recently revealed that Delhi water is not fit as per the ISO standards and hence unsafe for use. This has come as a piece of alarming news during this dreadful time of Coronavirus pandemic aka COVID-19.

Water is indeed God’s most precious gift to mankind. As most of us know, Our bodies are made up of 70 percent water. The availability of clean and safe drinking water is necessary for everyone.

The harsh reality is that the drinking water of India’s capital (Delhi) has failed to satisfy the ISO Standards for drinking water. This is an alarming report, so we all should be concerned. 

Let us analyze this report in detail.


Examination of the Delhi drinking water

BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), which is one of the significant members of the ISO, had conducted a test by collecting samples of drinking water from 11 domestic pipes of Delhi. 

One sample was also taken from the residence of Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Pawan. All the samples failed ISO standardized measurements of: 

  • odor, 
  • aluminum, and 
  • coliform contamination. 

The 64-paged report was made with the help of testing laboratories that are authorized by the National Accreditation Board. 

Thus, the Supreme court has ordered the BIS to suggest methods for the improvisation of the water samples. In addition to it, the court has also asked for the reports from the sample taken from other cities.


Parameters for Water testing

The examination reports have covered many tests including:

  • physical tests, 
  • chemical tests, 
  • toxic substances test, 
  • Bacteriological, virological, and biological tests 

The collected water samples supplied by city municipalities, corporations, water boards, local bodies are pathetically poor and has been proved to be contaminated with fecal matter. Hence, Delhi water is highly dangerous for use.


Reason for Water Pollution

The main reason for this problem was said to be the leakage of pipes across different parts of Delhi. So, the government needs to take serious and quick actions. Else, residents of Delhi will face many serious diseases such as gastrointestinal and dysentery. Moreover, during this tough time of coronavirus crisis, bad water can really be hazardous for human health. Low immunity levels can make the human body susceptible to COVID-19 infection.


Role of ISO standards in drinking water

ISO standards cover almost every issue related to water, from pipelines and irrigation to water quality, management, and water sanitation.

ISO standards for water help businesses in a variety of ways, with tools for measuring water use and methods to optimize it. ISO standards offer best practice on:

  • The treatment and use of wastewater in rural & urban areas, 
  • The provision of water services and the use of irrigation in agriculture, 
  • Manufacturing and construction techniques


ISO certification standards for water safety

Here are some of the key ISO certification standards for water quality management:-

  • ISO 14046, Environmental management – Water footprint 
  • ISO 16075 series on treated wastewater reuse for irrigation
  • Moreover, the municipal corporations should fulfill the guidelines of ISO 14001 certification.

These reports based on ISO Standardization for drinking water are valuable and should be conducted often. Only after conducting these reports and implementing the improvements and better resources for drinking water, we will be able to make India fit and healthy country.


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