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Water in disposable packaging: which quality for our health ?

So much brand of drinking water have appeared around in the market following water shortages, but are they of quality for our health, should we trust them ?


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A common thinking says “water is life” and for so much people around the, having water means walking for long distances under the sun or other harsh conditions for a few liters that will last at least three days before fetching for another.

Some economic operators have felt the opportunity to make money and are now installed in the business of drinking water selling.

But amongst all those traders fighting for a share of this market, who are those recognized by the due institutions, who respects the standards in terms of water quality for drinking purpose. Furthermore, water is packaged in plastic containers which are now prohibited and are current bulk in urban waste. So those commercial brands that are well recognized, do they contribute as a social duty to the cleaning of town, can they be sanctioned for non respecting that?

Safe drinking water is a public health issue, so concerned administrations must take their responsibilities as much as water is on the spot. There is an illness which has spread amongst the population lately and is becoming endemic: the typhoid fever, a water born disease. Must it be linked to the recent shortage of water that has obliged people, mostly the underprivileged to make do with all kind of water, knowing that the cheapest are the least in quality.

Something has to be done about that and quickly, accounting the most affected are the less gifted. Tackling this drift would be a major step forward in solving public health problems.

Mauriane Tiomela
TIOMELA Ngandjoug Mauriane M. is an agri-food engineer specializing in nutritional health and a consultant in sustainable development active in civil society. Her expertise in community health and the science of nutrition is shared by her inspiring publications on healthy eating.


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