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How Polluted Drinking Water May Pose Danger to Our Health?

14 May, 2016

How Polluted Drinking Water May Pose Danger to Our Health?

In our day to day life, we have often come across the phrase-“jal hi jeevan hai” which means water is life. This becomes totally indubitable in the light of the fact that approximately 75% of our body comprises of water.

Water performs various important functions in the body including:-

  • Protecting skin barrier functions
  • Energizing the nerve endings of skin
  • Acts as an antioxidant
  • Regulating the body temperature
  • Removal of toxins from body
  • It distributes essential minerals, nutrients and vitamins to cells

Our brain is also made up of 80% of water. But the water which we are consuming in routine is not clean and it is baneful for us.

The main reason behind this is water pollution, which could be attributed to various factors. Rapid growth in the number of industries enhances the waste generated by them which is then discharged directly to the water bodies leading to contamination of water. Moreover the sewage system in India is not well planned and most of the rural areas do not even have sewage system. The waste water discharged from the sewage system gets mixed with the soil and further pollutes the water. But, this is not the only way that water gets polluted. Burning of fossil fuels is yet another factor contributing to  it. . When fossil fuels are burnt, toxic elements are generated in the air which gets mixed with the water vapours, producing acid rain that renders the water in affected water bodies, unsafe for drinking.

Consumption of polluted water can cause various diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid, stomach infection, cholera, skin infection etc. Every year a lot of people in India die due to these diseases. A report by UNICEF reads that around 37.7 million Indians are affected by water diseases annually and 1.5 children are estimated to die of diarrhoea alone. As our brain is made up of 80% of water, drinking polluted water can even result into mental disorders and severe malnutrition.

The World Bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water. Water pollution coupled with limited access to resources impacts the vulnerable and poor sections of the society the most. And this is why, adequate supply of clean drinking water at an affordable price has become a basic necessity today for developing countries.

Realizing the magnitude of problem and acute necessity of a viable solution, the team of Akshay Swachh Jal decided to take up the task of improving the access of most vulnerable communities to clean and safe drinking water. Today, Akshay Swachh Jal is providing clean mineral water of highest standards, to people at a reasonable rate of Rs. 0.25 per litre through its Water ATMs. These Water ATMs are very convenient to use and can dispense clean mineral water in any quantity between 200 ml to 20 ltrs as per the need of the user. With its unique Water ATMs Akshay Swachh Jal is on the mission to bring a social change in India in terms of safe drinking water.

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