Delhi water unsafe according to ISO standards

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Without a doubt, Water is God’s greatest gift to us. As most of us know, Our bodies are made up of 70 percent water. Therefore, it is necessary to have clean and safe drinking water available to everyone.

Yet, India’s capital (Delhi) has failed in ISO Standards for drinking water. This is an alarming report, by which we all should be concerned. That's why we will analyze this report in detail.

About ISO

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent and non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1947 in London, the United Kingdom and Currently, the headquarters of ISO is in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Purpose of ISO

  • The main purpose of ISO is to provide various international standards for different products in the international market. 

  • International standards cover almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. 

  • If any product passes the ISO certification, it can be easily consumed and sold across different nations.

How does ISO work?

The organization has its technical committee too. The technical committee helps the ISO to define different factors that determine the quality of the product for consumption. These products that are approved by the ISO's technical committee can be sold across the world with ease and confidence.

Report Tests

BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) is one of the significant members of the ISO organization. It conducted a test by collecting samples of drinking water in 11 domestic pipes of Delhi. 

One sample was also taken from the residence of Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Pawan. All the samples failed ISO standardized measurements of odor, aluminum, and coliform contamination. 

The reports also showed that drinking water collected from the Minister’s Residence (12, Janpath) failed the tests too.

Report Results

The report was presented to the Supreme Court of India by advocates of Vipin Nair, Karthik Jayshankar, and Anshuman Bahadur. The report concluded that water samples 

didn’t satisfy one or more than one standard as per the requirements of ISO 14001 certification.

The 64-paged report was made with the help of testing laboratories that are authorized by the National Accreditation Board. 

Thus, the Supreme court has ordered the BIS to suggest methods for the improvisation of the water samples. In addition to it, the court has also asked for the reports from the sample taken from other cities.


Although the reports covered many tests including physical tests, chemical tests, a toxic substance test, a bacteriological, virological, and biological test, it was not tested for the radiological tests. Moreover, water samples supplied by city municipalities, corporations, water boards, local bodies proved to be contaminated with fecal matter. 

The main reason for this problem was said to be the leakage of pipes across different parts of Delhi. So, the government needs to take serious and quick actions. Otherwise, residents of Delhi will face many serious diseases such as gastrointestinal and dysentery. 

These reports based on ISO certification for drinking water are valuable and should be conducted often. Only after conducting these reports and implementing the improvements and better resources for drinking water, we will be able to make India fit and joyful country.

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