Jammu, May 7 (ANI): With the onset of summer, earthen pots are becoming more and more popular in Jammu.
People are making use of these eco-friendly pots to cool water.
The pots are widely used by the poor but this year, however, it has been observed that even the middle- class and the elite are readily buying these environment-friendly refrigerators.
"Earlier, only the poor would use earthen pots to cool water but now we are observing that even the middle class is eagerly adapting this trend. Maybe it's because of health concerns and rising number of diseases, or due to recommendations from doctors," said Dharam Veer, a potter.
The pots not only keep the water cool but do so in an environment-friendly way. It is also believed that drinking water stored in earthen pots is also much healthier.
"After one year or one season of use, the earthen pot can be broken and it can be mixed with earth again. So it is a reusable thing. Secondly, if we limit the use of refrigerants like neon and all, they all cause depletion of ozone layer which contributes to global warming. So, in a way we are decreasing global warming," said Ritu Ahal, a doctor.
The water stored in a clay pot has a refreshing flavor and gets cooled to as low as 14-15 degrees Celsius within a few hours. (ANI)