Comparative Assessment of Pakistan National Drinking Water Quality Standards with Selected Asian Countries and World Health Organization

Comparative Assessment of Pakistan National Drinking Water Quality Standards with Selected Asian Countries and World Health Organization

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  • Monday | 16 Apr, 2018
  • Mahmood A. Khwaja, Anum Aslam
  • Policy Briefs/Papers
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Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja and Anum Aslam

Introduction:

World Health Organization defines “safe-drinking water” as the water that does not represent any significant risk to health over the lifetime of its consumption, including different sensitivities that may occur between life stages. Being the most drinking fluid, water is believed to be the major source of transmitting diseases (Ullah et al. 2014). According to World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of all human diseases are reported to occur due to the biological contamination of water in the developing countries (Sulehria et al. 2013). Drinking water quality has been debated throughout the world due to its increasing demand for human consumption as well as its detrimental effects of increased urbanization and industrialization. Direct discharge of domestic waste, industrial effluents, agricultural run-offs, leakages from septic tanks, and poor management of farm wastes are considered  the main water pollution sources (Nabeela et al. 2014).