600 unapproved water jars destroyed in capital Dhaka

600 unapproved water jars destroyed in capital Dhaka

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Dhaka, 22 Jan – The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution, BSTI raided Motijheel and Paltan area in Dhaka to stop selling water in jars without its approval.The mobile court destroyed 600 water jars and seized six vans of ten companies carrying those to different offices and house.
On Monday, Nazma Siddiqa, Executive Magistrate, BSTI led a mobile court and found 10 companies guilty of supplying water jars without valid licenses from the BSTI.
Riazul Haque, Assistant Director of BSTI told the independent that, BSTI raided Motijheel and Paltan area to stop selling so-called water jars which are illegal and containing bacteria. Most of the companies are illegal and they supply unhygienic filter water. Only one out of the 10 companies, Everest Drinking Water, received BSTI approval but it too did not purify the substance perfectly.
“During the raid one lac thirty three thousand taka was fined from them. Last year we raided sixty one areas and fined 28 lac taka.” Said Riazul Haque.
Asked why these are not being closed, he replied that “these filters are being made from house and supplying water to various areas. In this case they do not have any license and proper method of purification. So it can not be easily understood that there is such a factory in this area.”
According to data disclosed in a government report about a month ago, Ninety-seven percent of these so-called filtered water jars supplied to households, shops and offices in and around the capital contain coliform bacteria.
Coliform bacteria are organisms that are present in the environment and the faces of all warm-blooded animals and humans.
Recently a group of researchers at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, BARC studied the level of minerals in jars and bottled water in Dhaka.
The researchers sampled 250 jars from across the city’s Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Elephant Road, New Market, Chawk Bazar, Sadarghat, Keraniganj, Jatrabari, Motijheel, Basabo, Malibagh, Rampura, Mohakhali, Gulshan, Banani, Uttara, Airport, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Gabtoli, and Aminbazar, Savar and Ashulia.
The level of coliform bacteria in the samples collected from Elephant Road, Chawk Bazar, Basabo, Gulshan and Banani areas was found significantly high in the research.
The bacteria will not likely cause illness. However, their presence in drinking water indicates that disease-causing organisms or pathogens could be in the water system, according to the US Department of Health.
According to the researchers, BSTI has set the standards of water commercially supplied for drinking, but the business of contaminated water is continuing due to lack of regulation. – Staff Reporter

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