Apex Body for Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Demands Action against Unauthorised Manufacturers

The West Bengal Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Welfare Association (WBPDWMWA), the apex body of packaged drinking water in West Bengal, has raised a serious concern over rampant misuse of water for unauthorized manufacturing and sale of unhygienic packaged drinking water and its adverse health impact on the people. The Association made an urgent appeal to the West Bengal Government to take immediate action and regulate the situation before it went out of control.

The Association, which has the slogan Jal Hi Jeevan Hai’ (Water is Life) as its moto, addressed a press conference on 21st August in city to sensitise the citizens of the state and also bring to the notice of the Government the enormity of the malice plaguing our society which continues to grow at a worrying rate. Senior officials of WBPDWMWA Mr Sanjib Nag (President), Mr Jitendra Surana (Chairman), Mr Navin Jairamka (Secretary), Mr Sukamal Pal (Ex-President), Mr Sudip Ghosh (Vice-President), Dr Harinder Singh (Law & Media Coordinator) and advocate of the Association-addressed the media.

“While there are only 350-400 licensed packaged water manufacturers in West Bengal, thousands of illegal units have mushroomed across localities which is nothing less than a state-wide health scare considering the adverse impact it has on the users,” said Mr Sudip Ghosh

The unregulated producers compromise the integrity of water supply, putting countless lives at risk. Unsafe water has the potential to give rise to water-borne ailments like cholera and typhoid. These unregulated units, lacking legal compliances and standards, are also a major drag on precious water resources and environment.

“One of our primary objectives is to raise awareness among the public and sensitise the citizens to become a discerning consumer in order to avoid water-borne diseases. It is also our objective to engage with various stakeholders, NGOs, Government and forge effective solutions to address these critical concerns,” said Mr Harinder Singh

WBPDWMWA highlighted the fact that the manufacturing and sale of 20 litre jars, which are being sold in the localities without any labels or added minerals and purification, create risk factors both in terms of health and trust of the common people. These spurious 20 litre jars have swamped nearly 90% of the packaged drinking water market in Bengal. The public is unaware of this alarming fact and consume the water to their own detriment.

“To prevent this, it is crucial that every batch of water undergoes thorough sample testing before being dispatched. Additionally, proper labelling is of paramount importance. The water containers should prominently exhibit the ISI, BIS, and FSSAI license details, which serve as indicators of quality and safety,” said Mr. Navin Jairamka