A study conducted by NRCLPI (National Referal Centre for Lead Poisoning in India) in connection with world water day revealed that the lead content of water inIndia is far above the permitted level.It is about eight times higher than the permitted level.Even mineral water also is not free from lead content.The lead content in water is to be displayed on the label of mineral water.But most of thecompanies do not mind this. For the study,800 samples had collected from different parts of India.
The quality council of India reports that the lead reaches water primarily from paints and batteries.The only remedy to this is usage of rechargeable battery andlead free paints.Common people should be encouraged to use these two instead ofthe current practice.
As per Bureau of Indian standards(BIS) the permitted level of lead content in wateris 50 in 100 crores.In India it is found to be upto 400!!The world average is 15 in 100crores!!In United States it is below 10 !!
Drinking the lead polluted water invites serious health hazards.It adversely affectsthe functioning of kidney,brain and nervous system.It also affects the mental growth of children.
In India the lead pollution is higher in the states of Meghalaya,Nagaland and Manipur.