RO Chilled Water Units filed Petition against FDA in Nagpur HC

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The article in Times of India says that, FDA team raided on unlicensed RO chilled Water Units in Nagpur. Immediately after that, under the FSS Act, 2006, FDA issued orders for prohibiting the sale of chilled water. Basically the containers are unpackaged and unsealed and the water found in these containers is non-potable. Moreover, these units are operating under unhygienic and unmonitored conditions. So, The RO chilled water manufacturers association filed petition in Nagpur HC against the FDA.

The HC justices issued notices asking to the respondents including Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for reply before August 1.Other respondents in the case are FDA’s Mumbai office along with its designated officers and assistant commissioners (Food) in Nagpur, Akola and Bhandara, and BIS.

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According to Counsel Harnish Gadhia, the Centre made some amendments for RO Chilled Water Units in ‘Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011’on November 16 last year and also published a notification in the Official Gazette of India on March 1.On the account of this, FDA said that, it is mandatory to have licenses under the Act only for Packaged Drinking Water and not for unpackaged RO water chilled jars. BIS stated that, chilled water jars can’t be granted license as there is no amendment for them. The petitioners requested for cancelling the prohibition order and also to sell the water without license.

Also Read our article on: Converting a “Cold Jars” Plant into an ISI approved Packaged Drinking Water Plant.

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A Training Session at Bangalore

This time we conducted our Training Session on Idea to Actualization of Packaged Drinking Water at JP Cordial -A Unit of JP Group of Hotels Purple Lounge, Bangalore, Karnataka on 15th & 16th July 2017.Our training comprises of sessions on business idea, further opportunities in this industry, required resources,Designing Plant, Machinery and Profit Margin Costing for plant, Water testing as per BIS, ISI Documents, Project Report &its Execution.

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Detailed Calculation of Cost and Profit for 2000lph and 5000lph Plants and Live activity on Jar Plants:

Before starting the plant, the first question that will come in mind is what will be the total cost of the plant? Here, in this training, our trainer conducted special session on calculating the cost as per the type of the plants in detail. It covered:

  • Capital Investment.
  • Working Capital Calculation.
  • Profit Margin Calculation.
  • Cost per bottle/jar/pouch.

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Our trainer conducted live activity on Jar plants to understand it in a better ways. In this activity candidates have to find out detailed calculation cost as per the type of plant. In this session, candidates calculated cost based on area, machinery and profit also.

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Certificate Distribution:

Last session is certificate distribution.

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Further Benefits to the Attendees:

One of our attendee opted for our Total Plant Consultancy (Turnkey). This consultancy service includes Pre Plant survey, Machinery Visit, Vendoring included and Additional Support for Execution of the Project from Construction to the first Batch.

As the event was in Bangalore, most of the participants were from Bangalore but some candidates were from U.S. and Kerala also. If you are also interested to enter in the booming water industry then please check details of our next training session. It will definitely give you enriching experience with the opportunity to build your network as well.

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Free Clean Drinking Water at Multiplexes and Restaurants in Bangalore

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Free Clean Drinking Water at Multiplexes and Restaurants in Bangalore

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Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued a circular to all multiplexes, restaurants, hotels and eateries to provide free and clean Drinking Water to customers on their premises. BBMP has also informed these establishments to display boards at strategic points, saying drinking water is available.

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Recently Sudha Katwa, a social activist, filed a complaint in Bengaluru Urban district consumer disputes redressal forum about the inconvenience for getting free clean drinking water at multiplexes and restaurants after she was forced to pay for Drinking Mineral Water in a mall in Yeshwantpur last year.

She stated that, Restaurants were not providing clean drinking water for free to the customer. Some restaurants were providing water but it is stored in very unhygienic condition. The same conditions were seen at mall.

GST impact: Packaged Drinking Water’ Kinley’ to get Cheaper!

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Here’s good news for common people. On the account of upcoming GST, Coca-Cola has announced its pricing strategy, which will provide better value for money to the consumers. The company has informed to its bottling partners to reduce the price on Packaged Drinking Water ‘Kinley’.

The News article in the India Blooms says that, T Krishnakumar (KK), Business Unit President, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia, said that, as GST has been planned for developing a unified taxation system in the country and to benefit the society at greater extent, they will definitely try to provide right value for money. Even after absorbing a significant portion of increased tax, company has to minimally increase the prices on aerated beverages. They have also assured that they will pass on taxation benefits to the consumers.

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The officials further added that, soon they will launch an affordable ‘Value Water’ segment which will be cheaper than current portfolio of  Kinley water and will also launch affordable range of aerated beverages for the common people.

This Goods and Services Tax (GST) will come into force on 1 July 2017. It will be applicable for Packaged Drinking Water too. But it is certainly a great initiative by our Govt. This will help to push India’s growth story forward.

Please also read our article on GST on Packaged Drinking Water Read here.

Petition in Delhi : Ban on Sale of Unlicensed RO

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10-07-17 imgAs per the News in the Hindu Business Line, An NGO filed a petition in the National Green Tribunal to ban the sale of RO Manufacturers without the mandatory certification of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). (As per the rules of BIS any product sold in India, which relates to the safety of the consumer, needs the ISI mark). The plea has been made to penalized unlicensed RO Manufacturers and for the directions from the BIS to set zero-discharge as norm for RO water purifiers.

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Concerned NGO friends stated that, there are no norms for minimum level of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and different essential minerals which kept the water at safe levels which gives full scope to RO filter companies and Packaged Drinking Water Industry for selling De-mineralised water. (This De-mineralised water is mostly used in batteries and various industrial works and very dangerous for human health).

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The petition also pointed out that, the RO manufacturers are blatantly flouting the norms of BIS rules and National Water Policy 2012. As per BIS, It is mandatory to mention that, ‘RO system is not recommended for Arsenic level above 0.01 mg/l and Fluoride level above 8.0 mg/l’. But unlicensed RO companies are not following this rule and only up to 80 per cent wastage of pre-treated potable water or ground water is allowed for point-of-use RO water filters as per BIS, which is contrary to the water policy.

As, the RO System was invented to create pure water from unusable sea water and was never meant for filtering ground water but nowadays, many people are using RO Systems, which will waste around 80 per cent of potable water. Moreover, unlicensed RO companies using marketing strategies which misleading people as it cannot guarantee to treat water to meet health safety standards which is coming from; questionable source and in places exceeding arsenic and fluoride levels in water.So, the petition was made to curb the sale of unlicensed ROs.

TN Govt. Agreed on Demands of Packaged Drinking Water Plants

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Due to the worst drought condition, People in Tamil Nadu are highly dependent on Packaged Drinking Water. However, in the last week of May, People were shocked because Packaged Water Drinking declared an indefinite strike. As there is no timely supply of safe water by the government, a few people who are dependent on corporation water moving towards better quality Packaged water. Daily, around 10 lakhs plus cans are supplied in the state. In this way, Packaged Drinking Water became the lifeline of drought-hit in Chennai.

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Eventually, realizing the demand for the Packaged Drinking Water units, the government of Tamil Nadu has sorted out the problem with the promise of removing Packaged Drinking Water Plants from the 18 percent tax slab in the GST and on lifting the ban on groundwater.

But, due to high demand of water, many unlicensed water plants are drawing groundwater illegally and supplying untreated water, which can be dangerous for people in Tamil Nadu. And, after purifying the water, water plants releasing the effluents back to streams of groundwater and in turn contaminating the water sources and there is no check or control over it.

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Meanwhile, Groundwater levels are decreasing rapidly which became the biggest issue of concern in the state.Many Packaged Drinking Water Plants are not aware about need for groundwater management. They should manage available water sources in responsible manner and try to balance the use of water sources through replenishment as well.

Though, TN Govt. has promised on lifting the ban on Packaged Drinking Water Industry for drawing groundwater, the water industry should understand that, the Groundwater depletion is not just an issue of business. It is more about us and our ecology. Government and water industry should work together to boost groundwater levels.

  • If you are interested to know about sustainable water management, then please attend our live training session on Groundwater Check Details.

 

Review of Packaged Drinking Water Training Session- 24th and 25th June 2017

As always, on 24 and 25th June 2017, we conducted Training Session on Packaged Drinking Water which was held at MCCIA hall, Tilak Road Pune, Maharashtra. The Seminar Trainers were experts in the Groundwater, Finance, Subsidy, ISI and Water Treatment.

We Were Overbooked:

We had an overwhelming participation by diverse attendees at our training event. There was a great turnout (28 attendees),which was beyond the capacity (25 max) of the hall and the participants came from all over the country, especially from Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa, Bhopal, Gujarat, Mumbai and Pune. While, around the 30% of the participants attended this event through the reference of our former attendees.

(You can read Past Reviews here)

Check Out the Highlights of the Event:

  • Cost Per Bottle Session Introduced:

The trainer Mr. Ajay Kulkarni and Mr. Soumitra Ghotikar explained how cost per bottle varies according to the plant. They gave practical demonstration on cost per bottle by comparing prices of 2000 lph and 5000 lph plants.

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  • Detailed Plant Layout Workshop:

We conducted special live activity session on designing plant layout. In this, attendees have to find out the capacity of plant and based on this required size of the machinery to get the exact plot area of the plant. Here, the attendees experience the designing of plant layout on their own.

We also held the special training sessions on Groundwater Management, Project Report, ISI and Water Testing. Certificates were distributed in the end of the event.

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Punjab on the Edge of Water Disaster

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Punjab the land of five rivers is facing serious crisis of water as the groundwater is depleting at a higher level and available water bodies are also highly contaminated.

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As per the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB),Out of 138 blocks in the state 103 are over exploited, 5 more are critical and 4 are semi critical. According to the special survey conducted by CGWB, Stage of groundwater development is 145% as depletion of groundwater is more than the annual recharging. It is also found that, the groundwater also has quality problems in most of the districts.

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As per the latest reports of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Under the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme all the Rivers especially Satluj and Ghaggar, from 38 monitoring points on its rivers, were found polluted.

The groundwater had been already exploited and Irrigation mostly dependent on river water through canals. But, most of the part of its river waters are flowing though Rajasthan and Haryana due to which dependency on the groundwater is increased.  The water quality of the rivers also turned out to be poor because of pollution in the water. State and Union governments have built sewerage treatment plants but even those are not running properly.

Health Risks Due to Water Pouches in Ahmedabad

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As per the news article in the Ahmedabad Mirror, many fake Packaged Drinking Water Plants were selling non-potable water in pouches in Ahmedabad, which can be dangerous for health of human being. The water in pouches is found to be unsuitable primarily due to high content of strains of the Escherichia coli (E. Coli.) bacteria and other aerobic microbial content which can cause serious food poisoning.

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According to Officials, these water units are operating under unhygienic conditions which lead to aerobic microbial activity in the water which results in gastrointestinal problems.Not only that the ingested bacteria and the virus can cause digestive problems, nausea and other health problems.

Most of the water units are selling water pouches without manufacturing and expiry date and also they don’t carry authentic address of manufacturers.

How Do We Identify Safe Water Pouch?

As per the law, every 200-ml water pouch should have the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification and ISI mark with the name and address of the company and manufacturing date.People should check all this details on the pouch.

  • To know more about water pouch, Please attend our training click here

 

Is The Packaged Drinking Water You Drink , Safe?

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The First post article says that, the business of Packaged Drinking Water became lucrative as the demand for packaged water is growing up day by day. Taking advantage of this, many fake water plants are cropping up across the India.

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Packaged Drinking Water Scam in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana:

As per the special investigation from Eenadua leading Telugu daily in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it is found that about 20,000 Packaged Drinking Water Plants in the two states are running without a valid license.

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According to test conducted by Eenadu Newspaper, it is found that a water samples contains mixture of bacteria which are:

  • Deadly bacteria and other harmful impurities
  • Contained E-coli, a faecal bacteria found in the intestines of humans and animals, that causes diarrhoea.
  • Hazardous contaminants including pseudomonas, salmonella and staphylococcus.

These water samples were unfit for human consumption.

Let’s Know the Mandatory Processes for Packaged Drinking Water as Per the BIS:

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has decided that water must be subjected to processes called Pressure Sand Filtration, Activated Carbon Filtering, Reverse Osmosis, Ozonisation and Ultraviolet Treatment before being packaged and sold. Even a perfect water purifier can purify water but creates other problems as water purification which is much more than just removing impurities and reverse osmosis process removes impurities with most of the calcium and magnesium essential for good health. So, the purified water must also be “Remineralised” to bring back the minerals.

Due to increased demand for Packaged Drinking Water, many local small units are running water plants without the mandatory approvals from the BIS as well as Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). While it may need an investment of up to Rs. 20 lakh to run a legal and hygienic water plant, but many illegal water plant unitsare into the business with just Rs. 2.5 lakh with some sort of equipment that pollutes more than purifies the water.

#How to identify if your Packaged Drinking Water is safe?

Consumer should check whether it is properly sealed or not and details like manufacturing date and batch number.

       Here are the Steps:

  1. Click on the ‘status of licenses’.
  2. Type license number that follows the letter CM/L.
  3. Click on ‘report’.

If the details in report are the same as what you see on the container of the Packaged Drinking Water then it is genuine certification.

But if any fake water unit is using the ISI certification and other details of a branded company on his containers then it is very difficult to identify whether the water is safe or not. It is one of the humongous scam as it plays with human lives…

What do you feel about these Packaged Drinking Water Scam in India?