By Prabuddh Banerjee

Despite tall claims by producers of water purifiers, most of them fail to ensure safe drinking water for the household.

Our drinking water is supposed to deliver essential nutrients and minerals needed for healthy life. It should help maintain acidic levels in our body and natural streams must provide antioxidants. Finally, it should be free of all contaminants. But more often than not, water supplied to us has exactly the opposite characteristics.

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UNTIL six months ago, Muthamma, an elderly woman, used to cook food using clean water from a well in her house.
No longer. She now approaches her neighbours for clean water as her well has been contaminated with sewage.

Muthamma is the only one in the locality who has a well.

The rest source their water from hand pumps. Fortunately, sewage has not contaminated their water source so far.

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Product display: Features of a product being explained by a company executive at a stall in the exhibition in Chennai on Sunday.

CHENNAI: Under the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, the Union Ministry of Rural Development is planning to install 30,000 standalone drinking water purification systems in 30,000 rural schools across the country at a cost of Rs.200 crore this fiscal.

HOWRAGHAT, July 17: The Public Health Engineering Department (PHE), Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) in active support of Sum Ronghang, former KAAC CEM and present EM of PHE Department is launching a belligerent drive with the aim to supply potable water for the people of the district.

Mumbai, July 10 BMC says nothing to panic, drinking water safe, but decomposing fish worries locals Thousands of dead fish were found floating on the Bhatsa river, which supplies water to Mumbai, early on Thursday morning, spreading panic in a Thane village, and nearby areas. While some attributed the large number deaths to pollution and use of chemicals in the fields, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said there is no reason to panic and the drinking water is safe for consumption.

Pune, July 2 PMC considering city company's membrane filtration plan to provide 50 lakh litres a day A project to procure potable water from Pashan lake is under active consideration of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Membrane Filters (India) Pvt Ltd, a Pune-based company working in the field of filtration systems, has approached the PMC with an offer to make the lake water potable by installing a membrane filtration system.

Hyderabad, July 2: Flat owners of the city will now have to pay Rs 125 per month as water and sewerage cess. The Hyderabad Metropolitan water Supply and Sewerage Board has decided to levy the cess from this month after a division bench of the High Court suspended the annulment of the relevant order by a single bench six months ago.

Long-term impacts of drinking chlorinated water on the incidence of cancers and miscarriages were assessed in a population-based cross sectional study conducted in the two campus communities of IIT Kanpur (IITK) and IIT Kharagpur (IITKgp). IITK has been using untreated groundwater since the community was established in 1963, while IITKgp has been using chlorinated water for more than 30 years.

The state government will set up laboratories soon at all district headquarters in the state for water testing to provide safe drinking water to people after it was found that most diseases are caused by polluted drinking water. These laboratories will be funded by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and set up by the Indian Institute of Public Health, Union ministry of health. One mobile unit will be placed at the nine ITDAs in the state to collect water samples regularly from interior areas of the Agency.

Water has always been an issue in California. But drought conditions, not to mention worries about continued supplies of clean water, are turning water into a growth industry in California and elsewhere. Big companies like General Electric, Siemens and Veolia Environnement of France have ambitious plans to bring water to developing countries and clean water everywhere. But many small companies are finding niches and doing well these days, too. Puretec Industrial Water, of Oxnard, California, for example, "grew 34 per cent last year," said Mr Jim Harris, the owner and president.