Water contamination in the South

vlcsnap-2013-06-20-19h36m17s155The Ministry of Health has issued an advisory on water contamination in southern Belize. After  the  passage  of  Tropical Depression  Two,  the  Dangriga water  system was affected causing contamination to the well and breaks in its distribution lines.  Similarly the flood waters affected the systems of Sarawee and Hope Creek and other low lying areas. Since then, the Belize Water Services Limited has been working to repair the water system, but there are still some areas where MoHcontamination threats exist. And in order to control health risks, the Public Health Department is continuously monitoring the situation and collecting water samples from Dangriga, Sarawee and Hope Creek water systems for testing. Until results are obtained however, the public is reminded to continue to treat their drinking water to make it safe and the following are tips to do just that: Add 1 tablespoon of Clorox to five gallons of water, mix completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using.  DO NOT use bleach that has perfumes. Boil at a rolling boil for one minute. Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package and report any BWSleaks in pipe lines to BWS. It  is  also  recommended  that  for  persons  in rural  areas  that  experienced flooding  and  use well-water to  also  treat  their  drinking  water as  it  may  not  be  safe  to  drink. The Ministry says it continues to work with BWSL and the Water Boards to ensure that all drinking water supplied to the public is safe.

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