We are very much pre-occupied with topics related to water scarcity by encouraging healthy debates on what it takes to revive our lakes and restore groundwater. But, are we knowing what we consume in the name of drinking water? Do we have any clue on what makes water safe for drinking? How do we test it and where do we do it?
Well, we have absolutely no idea and are putting our life’s at risk. Literally, at risk!
The Verge Science has recently tested NYC water for lead and the results were confounding.
When asked for “Is there lead in our drinking water?”
Conversely, if your town’s water distribution system and your home plumbing system do not contain lead pipes, lead solder, or brass fixtures, your drinking water probably does not contain significant amounts of lead.
What are we up-to?
The BIS Drinking Water Specifications (IS-10500 1991) prescribed lead content in water not to exceed 50 parts per billion. In India it shockingly ranges from 50 to 400 parts per billion.
Without realizing its severe impact on health at a later stage, people continued to consume drinking water with heavy lead concentration.
Effects of lead contamination:
It is said that consumption of lead has an all-round impact, damaging the kidneys, gastro intestinal track, brain and nervous system, leading to behavioural and learning problems.
Impact of lead contamination:
The WHO estimates that 120 million people are overexposed to lead and 99 per cent of the most serious cases are in the developing world.
In general understanding, to identify the homes that are highly prone to lead contaminated water, home built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solders. So, if you live in one, maybe your drinking water is at risk and we recommend you get it tested before its too late.