From RO systems to boiling: Here’s how Indians are dealing with impure drinking water

Mar 22, 2023

By: Sourabh Jain

Poor quality of drinking water is a huge problem in India. As per a survey by LocalCircles, only about 3 percent of the people said that the water that they receive at home is already pure and does not require any purification.

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Drinking water survey

Here are the various ways in which the rest of the Indians are solving the problem of impure drinking water, according to the LocalCircles survey.

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RO System

A majority of the people surveyed – at 44 percent – have said that they use a RO (reverse osmosis) system to purify water at home.

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Water purifier

About 28 percent of the people surveyed responded that they use a water purifier in their homes.

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About 11 percent of people said that they boil water to make it safer for drinking and cooking purposes.

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Clay vessels

About 5 percent of the people surveyed said that they use traditional methods like using clay vessels to purify water at their homes.

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Bottled water

Another 5 percent of them said they don’t purify water at home. Instead, they depend on bottled water for their drinking and cooking needs.

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Chlorination and alum

A tiny 2 percent of the people surveyed said that they purify the water they receive using chlorination, alum and other minerals.

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No purification

About 2 percent of the people said that they do not purify water currently and consume it just the way it comes.

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