Khane pani...Drinking water

At the back of Patan Hospital, you can find plenty of old water bottles. Each with a promise of freshness and purity with the support of the latest technology. Some even offer you inspirational water-related imperatives: 'Drink for Self Reliance', 'Feel the Taste, Fulfill the Thirst!!' (two exclamation marks), 'Bust the Thirst!!!' (three exclamation marks).

People here have tested some of their own bottled water in the labs and found unacceptable levels of bacteria.

Ironies are evident and plenty of questions come to mind:

  • How is the hospital complicit in the problems its researchers are trying to address?

  • Can we break this pollution cycle?

  • What would we read on a really honest label?

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