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MOHW advises how to treat water so it’s safe for drinking 

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2022. 11:18 am CST.

Photo Credit: MOHW

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Following the recent floods and the likely possibility water may be unsafe for drinking, the Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) has issued an advisory on how to treat water so it’s safe for drinking.

“Due to flooding caused by the passing of remnants of Hurricane Julia over the weekend, drinking water sources in many areas of the country have become unsafe,” said the OHW.

“These may include municipal water systems (BWS), rural water systems, wells and those stored in water tanks and vats. Affected water may appear dark in color, has an odor, or has floating fragments.” 

The MOHW said all sources used for drinking, cooking, or bathing should be treated to make it safe by adding bleach, boiling, or adding purification tablets.

The MOHW detailed how this should be done:

Bleach (Clorox): 

a)      Add one tablespoon of bleach to five gallons of water. 

b)      Mix the bleach and water completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using.   


Boil drinking water: 

a)      Place water in a pot and heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute.  

b)      Remove from the stove to cool and store in a clean covered container to prevent contamination.  

Purification tablets (if available): 

a)      Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package. 

b)      Let water stand for the treatment time and then store safely. 

The MOHW said everyone is “encouraged to be safe during this time” adding that it will continue to monitor the flooding situation and make an advisory when water sources are safe to drink and used for other purposes.     

The MOHW also advised everyone that should they require more information, to visit the nearest public health office.


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