The Pakistani government has requested that the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) monitor bottled and mineral water brands on a quarterly basis and report the results to the public in order to increase public awareness of health issues.
For the three-month period from October to December of 2022, 168 samples of mineral/bottled water brands were provided by 22 cities.
When test results were compared to the standards for bottled water set by Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), twenty brands were discovered to be harmful for human consumption because of chemical, microbiological, or both types of contamination.
It was discovered that the twelve brands—Best Natural, Excellent Natural, Klear, Pinar, Neno, Ice Drop, Premium Safa, Orwell, Indus, Minwa Kashaf, Barsay, and Nayab Pure Life—were unsafe due to the presence of high salt levels. Two more brands, Excellent Natural and Aqua One were found to be harmful because they contained higher potassium levels than permitted, and one, Nayab Pure Life, was deemed risky because it contained higher TDS levels than allowed.
PCRWR identified eight additional brands as being microbiologically contaminated and consequently unfit for human consumption. These eight brands include Alfa Premium, Isberg, Aqua pack, Sip up, Ever pure, Noble, and Neno, Asha.
A warning was issued by the PCRWR, and it urged the general public to read the entire study to learn more about the water quality of the bottled water brands they were using.