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.

No Tags

164 total views, 1 today

  

Leave a Reply

  • Penalise politicians who provide service on a partisan basis ­ — Meadows

    by on January 26, 2016 - 0 Comments

    JLP caretaker calls for action as Trelawny residents take to the street Placard-bearing residents gather at a section of the Salt Marsh to Goodwill main road yesterday to protest against the poor road conditions in the area.  SALT MARSH, Trelawny — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Trelawny Northern Dennis Meadows yesterday called for laws […]

  • Will Cameron Speak On Reparation?

    by on September 29, 2015 - 0 Comments

    In pic: Prime Minister David Cameron. Olivia Grange said she believes Cameron would consider it unusual to be visiting Jamaica at this time in history and have extensive discussions with top government officials and not have the subject of reparation raised at some point. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is questioning whether the Government will […]

  • Constable Crystal Thomas

    by on July 16, 2015 - 0 Comments

    She fought to the end | Lead Stories | Jamaica Gleaner Woman Constable Crystal Thomas Norman Grindley Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford (right) escorts National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who visited the Denham Town Police Station in west Kingston, to get an update after the murder of woman Constable Crystal Thomas, who was […]

  • http://www.insightjamaica.com/

    by on July 4, 2015 - 0 Comments

    You can post your add here for free.

  • Singjay J Capri dies

    by on December 4, 2015 - 1 Comments

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sources have confirmed that singjay J Capri, who was hospitalised for more than a week following a motor vehicle crash, has died. The entertainer reportedly succumbed to her injuries this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. Read: J Capri hospitalised after car crash Social media users on […]

Follow Us on Facebook