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Health ministry issues water quality warning

The Ministry of Health & Wellness is advising members of the public to be vigilant when receiving potable water. 
 
The Ministry says water supplied to householders and the business community should be from the National Water Commission or another source approved by the Ministry.
 
In an advisory issued on Friday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenize stressed that before water is received, consumers should observe whether the vehicle, including the water holding containers, hose and fittings, is clean. 
 
Dr. Bisasor McKenize, adds that consumers should also ensure that the water is not discoloured and that there is no odour or foreign matter in it. 
 
Commercial entities are advised, where possible, to conduct additional quality checks.   
 
She says, if the quality of the water is in doubt, consumers are advised to treat the water by boiling or adding 3% or 5% household bleach, not bulk bleach, to treat drinking water. 
 
The Ministry says it will also be monitoring food establishments and institutions to ensure they purchase water from approved haulers.
 
The public is being reminded that all entities supplying potable water should be licensed to do so. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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