They were not following ISI standard: offical

As per the directions of the Karnataka High Court, and under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner here, Abdullah, District Surveillance Officer, conducted a raid and closed down 32 packaged drinking water units in Bellary and Hospet.

These units were not following ISI standards. Notices had been issued to these units, earlier. As there was no proper response to the notices, Dr. Abdullah, along with his staff, got these units closed in the past three days.

As many as 19 such units were closed in Bellary and 13 in Hospet as they had adopted reverse osmosis process to purify the water drawn from borewells. Samples drawn from these units and subjected to lab analysis showed that it was not in accordance with the prescribed standards, he said.

According to him, there may be about 60 non-ISI packaged drinking water units in Bellary district, with a majority of them operating from urban areas.

In Hospet, all the units had been closed down while another six or seven units remained to be closed in Bellary, he said.

Meanwhile, similar raids would be conducted in other taluks of the district as well, he added.