Water truck operators to be regulated, ministry drafting legislation

News post September 8, 2015

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015

Concerns have again been raised about the source of water being used by private suppliers who have been capitalising on the on-going drought.

The Ministry of Health says it is now working on draft legislation that will regulate all operators of water trucks.

Director for Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry, Dr Sonia Copeland, says the move is to protect the public from unsafe water.

Dr Copeland says the health ministry is encouraging the public to ensure that they know the source of water before they buy the commodity from suppliers.

She says persons should seek to use water from the National Water Commission, which she says provides treated water.

In recent times, concerns have again been raised about the source of water being used by private suppliers who have been capitalising on the on-going drought.

There have been concerns about the safety practices of these suppliers.

Meanwhile, the Director for Health Promotion and Protection is urging schools to observe safe water use and sanitation practices.

Additionally, Dr Copeland is encouraging schools to properly clean storage containers and tanks and ensure they are properly covered to prevent insects, dust and other contaminants from getting into the water.

She is urging parents of young children to send them to school with drinking water.

She is further encouraging parents to give their children hand sanitisers and to reinforce hand washing and basic hygiene practices.

published by The Gleaner.

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