Given recent concerns by several stakeholders about the quality of the drinking water distributed by private trucking companies, the Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to advise that as part of its regulatory responsibility, it continues to monitor the production and distribution of potable water intended for domestic and commercial consumption. Quality checks are carried out by public health inspectors across the island on a weekly basis. In the particular instance of retrofitted trucks noted in the media recently, the Ministry is currently investigating the matter and will advise the public of the outcome.
In the meantime, Director of Environmental Health at the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Mr. Everton Baker notes that water supplied to citizens and the business community should be from the National Water Commission (NWC) or a Ministry of Health & Wellness approved source. The list of approved sources can be obtained from the respective parish health departments.
If the quality of the water is in doubt, consumers are advised to treat the water by boiling or adding bleach. Water should be heated until it comes to a “rolling boil” (where large bubbles continuously [rise] to the surface of the water) which should be maintained for 1 minute. Consumers may also add household bleach, not bulk bleach to treat drinking water. Consumers are to observe the following guidelines for the quantity of bleach to water:
Quantity of Bleach
Quantity of Water
6 – 8 drops
After bleach is added, stir and allow to stand for 30 minutes, before consuming potable water.