According to latest reports, the Maharashtra Govt. issued a ban on Packaged Drinking Water Bottles at Govt. Offices and Hotels to become a plastic free state from March 2018. Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said that, they will send team to six States of the country, including Himachal Pradesh and Kerala to achieve the plastic-free status and study their model.
The minister further added that, they will first implement the rule in the Maharashtra and then will ask others to follow it. The government will use the funds under the District and Development Committees (DPDC).
Nowadays, people are more cautious about health and consumption of Packaged Drinking Water has increased at an alarming rate in India as people consider the packaged drinking water safe and pure. There is no doubt that, Plastic bottles are creating unnecessary waste in landfills and water sources, but Packaged Drinking Water bottles are supplying clean and pure water to the people. Don’t you think that, instead of banning Plastic Packaged Drinking Water Bottles at Govt. Offices and Hotels in Maharashtra, there should be plastic bottle disposal machines at every govt. offices and hotels?
As per the news article in the India Today, the water level in major reservoirs in India decreases to 69% of their total storage capacity. There was around 109.878 billion cubic metres (BCM) water in the reservoirs till October 26 and now it has dropped to 108.373 BCM.
The reservoirs in the states namely; Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have reported lesser water storage level compared to last year. Whereas, major dams in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have reported better storage level compared to the corresponding period last year.
India is facing shortage of the Drinking Water in many regions. Decreasing levels of water in reservoirs is the major issue of concern. There is need of proper management for the replenishment and to augment the storage capacity of the reservoirs as well. We should at least try to keep reservoirs pollution free and plant more trees. Save Ecology, Save Water, Save Life!
Here’s good news for people in Hyderabad. Passengers will get freeDrinking Water at every metro station, on the start of commercial operation of the metro stations. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS & SB) has already started providing water connections to metro stations.
The HMRL will use revenues from the sale of tickets and will also use the structures like mall and multiplexes. The Water Board said that, they will charge tariffs to the metro stations under the commercial category and for non-operational metro stations, they will charge domestic tariffs.
Each metro station has been allotted a unique ‘consumer account number’by Water Board and using this account number, stations will have to generate monthly water bill. HMWS & SB officials said that, they will be supplying, 50 lakh litres of water per day to each metro station.
The Health Department along with the food supplies officer has started taking legal actions against Water Plants running without proper licenses in Ludhiana. Officers raided on one of the illegal water plant and sealed it off.
District health officer Andesh Kang said that, they got information about water plant and after checking it was confirmed that, water plant was supplying unverified water. This water plant was supplying Packaged Drinking Watermostly at Marriage functions and Parties.
He also added that, they immediately destroyed Packaged Drinking Water bottles found in the plant, as the owner failed to produce the proper certificate and took water samples to check the purity of the supplied water. Further actions will be taken based on the report of the samples. They will be raiding on all other Water Plants and will take stringent actions against illegal Water Plants.
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Many Commercial Establishments in India are fooling their customers by charging Packaged Drinking Water bottles above MRP including fake charges for GST. The Legal Metrology Department in Hyderabad received many complaints against hotels for selling Packaged Drinking Water above MRP.
District Legal Metrology inspector, S Nirmal Kumar said that, they received complaints against hotels, which are selling Packaged Drinking Water Bottle with an excess price and after checking it is confirmed. One of the Hotels was selling Water for Rs. 70.80 including GST, and the actual MRP including GST was Rs. 20 per bottle. Other hotel was selling three 500 ml water bottles for Rs. 265.50 including GST where the actual price of each water bottle is Rs. 12.
The official said that, Commercial Establishment cannot sell packaged items above MRP. Cases were registered, under the violation of The Rule 18 (2) of the Legal Metrology (packaged commodities) Rules 2011, of the Legal Metrology Act with 18/36 of legal Metrology Act 2009. Hotel Management will be charged a penalty of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 25,000.
Nowadays, different types of Packaged Drinking Water are entering in the Indian market. Coca-Cola India Pvt. Ltd, the local unit of American beverages maker Coca-Cola Co., is coming with its global enhanced water brand Glacéau Smartwater in India.
Mr. T. Krishnakumar, president (India and south-west Asia), Coca-Cola said that, they are bringing Glacéau Smartwater to India by 15 December. Glacéau Smartwater is one of the popular water brands in US and is sold as a premium product globally. It is vapour-distilled water with electrolytes added for taste.
There are 5,842 registered water packaging units in the India. Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd., is leading the Packaged Drinking Water market with an estimated 24% value share. The Packaged Drinking Water Market is reaching the new heights in India. As per the research firm Euromonitor International, the revenue of the packaged drinking water market in India is Rs. 7,040 crore in 2016 and will to reach Rs. 15,080 crore in 2021. So, looking at the bright future, many international water brands coming are trying to launch their water products in Indian Market.
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As per the latest news India is leading the world in air and water pollution. Pollution has the large impact on human health. The Government stepped forward to control the water pollution. The major source of water pollution in India is untreated sewage. So, the Union environment ministry has tightened the norms for the quality of water which is discharge into water bodies and other sites by the sewage treatment plants (STPs).
According to the survey, only 3 out of India’s 28 states and union territories in India are meeting the required operating standards of sewage treatment. The environment ministry improved standards for four parameters to determine water quality, namely; pH value, Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and Fecal Coliform (FC).
These new norms will be applied to all sewage treatment plants after June 2019, and all existing plants have to comply with them within the next five years. These standards do not apply, if the treated sewage discharged into a water bodies is used for industrial purposes. The standards will be applied only if; it is come in the contact with the human bodies.
The main motive of the government is to encourage reuse and recycling. However, it is more necessary to control the sewage discharged into the water bodies because if the sewage is more than the capacity of sewage treatment plants (STPs) or the sewerage network, then it will be critical to handle the situation. All the industries and the local bodies should come up together and cooperate to the government to fight with the water pollution.
Pepsico India has set a goal to double sales of its Bottled Mineral Water Brand Aquafina in next five years in term of value-based growth. Pepsico India Senior VP Beverage Category Vipul Prakash said that, taking into an account brand growth then Aquafina should double in the next five years (in terms of value). The hydration industry (majorly plain water) has 40% space in Indian market. The Value-added water has huge opportunity in the coming days.
Pepsico India introducing the vitamin fortified water category by launching Aquafina Vitamin Splash. Thisis the lowest calorie vitamin fortified water. There are two flavours of Aquafina Vitamin Splash Kiwi Lime and Raspberry Mint at Rs. 30 and Rs. 60 for 300 ml and 500 ml respectively.
He further added that, initially this product will be available in top 20-25 cities and then depending on the market response,company will take a decision to expand it.
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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched 182 drinking water supply projects with an aim to provide drinking water in every household in the ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) and also laid a foundation for 555 similar schemes of water projects.The total cost for this project is Rs 157 crore and the project will provide drinking water supply to over 6 lakh population in 74 ULBs. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that, every house will get safe and clean piped drinking water supply and it will help the poor people.
CM Patnaik also launches six new water testing laboratories set up at Bhubaneswar (state level laboratory) and other the five regional water testing laboratories at Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Cuttack and Baripada for water quality surveillance and monitoring. There is plan to establish two more water testing laboratories in Berhampur and Balasore soon.
A senior official said that, earlier when there was a situation of outbreak of water borne diseases officials used sent the water samples to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for detection of bacteria and virus because of lack of laboratory in state. But, now thanks to this water testing laboratories, it is possible to get result within three hours.
The Ministry for Water Resources, River development and Ganga Rejuvenation issued a proposal to Industries to recharge the groundwater they extract and a ‘water conservation fee’ will be applicable to them for the same. States will use this revenue from fee for Groundwater Management.
Around 70% of the rural population is dependent on the groundwater in India. According to the 2012 World Bank report, if this trend of exploitation continues to remain, then 60% of all aquifers will be found in a critical condition in India.
Groundwater can be extracted of drinking water and domestic purpose from the notified areas and the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) will supervise the withdrawal of groundwater in non-notified areas. According to the regulation of groundwater extraction, there are two mechanisms:
1.No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for development of extraction points:
Industries which are already drawing or proposing to draw groundwater through energized means will need an NOC. Farmers can withdraw groundwater without NOC.
2.Ensuring recharge of the water extracted (which as per the new proposal will replace with charging of groundwater).
There are four other categories of groundwater users:
Government infrastructure projects, government water supply agencies and Group Housing Societies/ Private housing societies with only basic amenities are not liable to pay water charge.
Infrastructure projects will have to pay the lowest charges.
Packaged Drinking Water, Mineral Water,soft drink manufacturers, breweries and distilleries comes under higher brackets.
Mining projects and infrastructure dewatering projects have to pay the highest charges. But, government mining operations are exempt from this rule.
The ministry for Water Resources will dispatch the draft guidelines for the issuance of NOCs to all state governments, seeking the reply in the next 60 days.
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