According to a Gallup International Survey on life styles, conducted in Pakistan, almost half of the Pakistani urbanites complain about the impurity of drinking water. When asked in the survey In your view, the water you use for drinking is safe for health or not? 44% responded saying that their drinking water is safe. Whereas 43% said that the water they use is not safe for health, while 13% had no opinion regarding this issue.
Exploring the question of impurity further, the survey found more than one-third of the respondents (39%), who believed that their drinking water is not safe, stating that the water has a bad color and appears muddy. 17% complained about the water having bad taste, while 19% pointed out a bad smell and almost one-fourth claimed that the water they use causes stomach diseases.
The survey also covered methods that people use to purify their drinking water. Almost one-fourth (23%) of the urban population said they boil the water in order to purify it and 8% said they strain the water, while 10% said they use a filter. Whereas, more than half (58%) said they do nothing to clean their drinking water.
This survey was conducted by Gallup Pakistan, affiliated with Gallup International, on a sample of over 1200 respondents in the urban areas of all four provinces of Pakistan. This sample was statistically selected across all ages, income groups and educational levels. The error margin for a sample of this kind is estimated to be + 5% at a 95% confidence level.