Toxic Chemical “Nonylphenol” A Barrier to Safe Drinking Water

Title: Toxic Chemical “Nonylphenol” A Barrier to Safe Drinking Water
Publication Type: Research Reports
Year of Publication: 2022
Abstract:Toxics Link has come up with the present report on the presence of NPs in drinking water samples collected from various geographical regions of the country. Fifteen drinking water samples were collected from different parts of India with the help of partner NGOs.Although BIS has set standards for phenolic compounds in drinking water in India, there is no specific standard for nonylphenol and its ethoxylates in drinking water.NP was observed in all the analyzed samples with concentrations ranging from 29.1–80.5 μg/L.The highest concentration was observed in the borewell water sampled from Bathinda (80.5 μg/L), while the lowest concentration was found in the government supply water from Indraprastha, New Delhi (29.1 μg/L).The detection of NP in drinking water raises serious concerns on the level of NP contamination in India.Recently, India has come up with the drinking water quality, testing, monitoring and surveillance framework that is a part of the government’s flagship Nal se Jal scheme,under which drinking water connection will be provided to each and every rural household by 2024. This framework, developed by the National Jal Jeevan Mission in partnership with Indian Council of Medical Research, WQIMS will have an automated data flow of water sample test results, which can help in assuring the safe supply of drinking water.This initiative of the government can be a key to solving India’s clean water problem if the framework includes emerging contaminants, including NPs as well.