New Delhi, May 23: Government has amended standards of packaged drinking water other than mineral water to include seawater, underground water and surface water as a source for packaged drinking water.
The Union Health Ministry has notified the amendment to
the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules 1955 towards this
"Packaged drinking water means water derived from any
source of potable water or sea water or underground water or
surface water which may be subjected to the treatments namely,
decantation, filtration, combination of filtration, aerations,
filtration with membrane filter, depth filter, cartridge
filter, activated carbon filtration, demineralisation,
demineralisation reverse osmosis and packed," the notification
"It may be disinfected to a level that will not lead to
harmful contamination in the drinking water," it adds.
"It may be disinfected by means of chemical agents and/or
physical method to reduce the number of microrganims to a
level that does not compromise food safety or suitability,"
adding "provided that sea water, before being subjected to the
above treatments, would be subjected to desalination and
related processes," it says.