The Government has
informed that Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has the mandate of
setting up standards for various products and services in the country.
The Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation
Shri Jairam Ramesh said that BIS has published Drinking Water
Specifications in its standard IS-10500. He said, the Ministry of
Drinking Water and Sanitation assists the State Governments technically
and financially through the centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking
Water Programme for supplementing their efforts in providing safe
drinking water in the rural areas of the country. The NRDWP guidelines
clearly mention that IS-10500 standards have to be followed regarding
quality specifications of drinking water being supplied in the rural
areas of the country. Most of the developed countries like Australia, UK
and USA have already decided the quality standard of potable water.