The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says that the adverse weather conditions in St. Vincent have resulted in the loss of municipal potable water supply to all citizens.
Luis de Shong, permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, said in a release that alternative water sources for life and livelihood are, therefore, a viable option.
“Consequently, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment appeals to all citizens that they are to ensure that water used for human consumption is not only clean but safe,” the release said.
It said that in the absence of water from the municipal supplier, the Central Water and Sewerage Authority, the undermentioned options and restrictions are to be noted and embraced:
• Water from rivers is not to be used for human consumption, including bathing.
• Harvested rainwater from clean roofing materials should be strained and sanitized by either boiling or via the use of sanitizing solutions or tablets
• Packaged bottled water is strongly advised, especially for drinking purposes
• Private and public institutions and establishments are encouraged not to open for business unless there is a reliable supply of clean and safe water for human activities.
“As the nation awaits the full return of the potable water supply in some areas of the mainland, it is important that safe water practices be employed by all citizens. This will undoubtedly not only prevent the outbreak of water related diseases but also ensure national water safety and security,” de Shong said.