These 12 Mineral Water Brands Have Been Declared Unsafe for Drinking

Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has declared 12 mineral water brands in the country as unsafe for human consumption.

According to the monitoring report of PCRWR, samples of 108 mineral water brands were gathered from the markets of Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Sialkot, and Tando Jam.


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After testing all the samples against 24 water quality parameters, 12 brands turned out to be chemically unsafe which do not meet the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), and Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).

Following are the mineral water brands which have been declared unsafe by the PCRWR.

  • Ziran
  • MM Pure
  • Blue Spring
  • Aqua Best
  • Blue Plus
  • Alpha 7 star
  • YK Pure
  • Leven Star
  • Dista Water
  • Hibba
  • Chenab


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Ziran, MM Pure, Blue Spring, Aqua Best, Blue Plus, Alpha 7 star, YK Pure, Leven Star, and Hibba contain exceedingly high quantities of sodium that is causing hypertension in public.

MM Pure and Blue Spring also contain high proportions of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) which can result in cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis, and typhoid while Chenab has a pH level of less than 6.5.

Meanwhile, Dista Water and DJOUR have bacteriological constituents greater than the safe and acceptable limit that is 0/100 ml, making both the brands microbiologically unsafe for drinking as well.

You can view the detailed report here which includes all the tested brands.

    • they r not selling poison i guess that the logic… all people like 70% in villages drink direct bore water also unsafe and yet they have better immune system compared to city people. temporarily shutting them down and issuing heavy fines should resolve the issue only repeat offences are eligible to ban…

  • Most of the bored water is contaminated. Check out the UNICEF’s project WASH for details. In districts like chiniot, jhang, faisalabad to quote a few there is a high percentage of hepatitis patients in the rural areas. Bottled water seems a very likely future and the brands selling unsafe brands should be banned.

  • Corrections for the article:

    There is no conclusive evidence of higher sodium in drinking water causing or exacerbating hypertension (as opposed to sodium from food). Some studies have found associations and others haven’t, but the scientific jury is still out on this.

    Total dissolved solids (TDS) are an indicator of chemical pollutants in the water, like pesticides and fertilizers polluting water sources. The diseases cites by the author are caused by bacteria and viruses, which are not indicated or detected by TDS.

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