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We Indians always said and believed Water is Life “Jal Hi Jeevan Hai“. Water is our lifeline that bathes us and feeds us. Importance of water is known to everyone. We can survive without food but we cant survive without water. 

Having said that, have you ever thought about the quality of water we are drinking these days. According to a case study,  it being discovered that we are drinking contaminated water.

There has been an increase in number of
lead water contamination cases across the globe where usage of Silver and
chrome plated faucets has been identified as one of the major source of
polluting drinking water at our homes. The Flint, Michigan case study acted as
an eye opener for many countries across the globe in implementing strict
regulations on manufacturing of pipes and faucets for domestic use. However,
India seems to ignore this on temperamental level. The shining faucets largely
used in Indian families, are actually made up of Brass, which causes lead
contamination in water and causes severe damage to human body. Indian Plumbing
Today i.e. IPT feels our real estate developers, plumbing design consultants
and contractors should join hands together to put their full efforts in
providing a self-regulating mechanism where proper govt. regulations and
guidelines can be developed and are followed by Indian manufacturers for
fixtures and fittings. Active in Sinks & Faucet Industry since two decades,
Anupam Sinks exposed the reality behind shining and beautiful faucets widely
used in almost every Indian family.

According to Centre for Science
and Environment research,
the sub-standard household plumbing fixture contribute to
contamination of lead in the drinking water, a neurotoxin that affects the
developing brains and nervous systems of children and infants. Bureau of Indian Standards
has permitted 0.01 mg/l(max) of lead in drinking water. This amount,
apart from old rusted plumbing in Indian household, is easily contributed by
sub-standard faucets which usually contain about 12% of lead. Water sitting for
several hours or overnight in a brass faucet can leach lead from the brass
faucet interior which may produce high lead levels in the first draw of
drinking water.
According to Environment Protection Agency (EPA) of United States, the Household
plumbing is an alarming source of lead exposure and brass faucets are the
single greatest contributing source of lead in consumers’ drinking water. The
EPA estimates that up to 20 percent of human lead exposure is the result of
lead in our plumbing, including faucets. Brass Faucets are banned in US
under Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
India’s veteran
manufacturers of high quality stainless steel kitchen sinks & faucets, Anupam Sinks, Director, Rajendra Garg
informs, as compared to price and appearance Brass Faucet has relatively low
melting points that make it easy to cast and easy to produce and sale in term
of cost as well. However, Stainless Steel contains no lead, which in today’s
regulatory environment is a big plus. Mr. Garg believes that a combined effort
by industry leaders and government can ensure to keep our drinking water safe
and hence prevent irreplaceable damage.

So guys, beware while choosing faucets for your house. One wrong choice can lead to led contamination and cause damage to you and your loved once. 

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