If one was to believe the reports, which recently appeared that at least one third of the bottled mineral water, being manufactured and marketed by number of companies in different parts of the country, then it should be taken as a warning to the growing number of people who giving it preference over tap or filtered water. The report referred above quoted Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources to have collected 69 samples of mineral water from major cities, during its quarterly monitoring survey. These were scrutinised, as per Pakistan Standard Quality Authority, and 21 contained contaminated level of chemicals and microbiological elements, thus making them unhygienic and unhealthy. Such alarming reports keep appearing but nothing is done and they continue to sell unsafe water. The growing number of people using mineral water in their official business meetings and other functions should better find out and be sure whether they are using safe water or not.

DANIYAL NAJMI,

Lahore, January 1.