Jamaica | Mar 14, 2023

Consumers urged to be vigilant when sourcing water 

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Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton, who is also the member of parliament for St Catherine West Central, addresses the commissioning ceremony for the Watermount Water Supply System in the parish. (Contributed: JIS)

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging members of the public to exercise caution when sourcing and using water distributed by private trucking companies for domestic purposes, to avoid potential health risks. 

In times of drought that lead to severe water restrictions or unscheduled disruptions, water may be trucked to affected communities via the National Water Commission (NWC) and the municipal corporations or contracted private carriers. 

The ministry said water distributed by these providers under those conditions is safe, as they load at NWC or municipal corporation-approved sources, namely reservoirs, wells, and distribution systems.

However, persons and commercial establishments that purchase water independently of the established national agencies must ensure that the providers are registered with the NWC, the municipal corporations, and the parish health departments.

Vehicles that transport water must be clearly labelled, sanitised, free from leaks, affixed with clean hoses and fittings, and be properly covered.


The ministry advised that disinfecting the water should be considered if the consumer is in doubt, or the source cannot be verified. 

Water can be treated by boiling. This is by heating until it comes to a “rolling boil” (large bubbles continuously coming to the surface of the water) which is maintained for three minutes).

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton (left) and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie (second left), engage with students at the Watermount Primary and Infant School in St Catherine, during the recent commissioning of the Watermount Water Supply System in the parish. (Contributed: JIS)

Meanwhile, as drought conditions persist, Tufton has urged Jamaicans to ensure that their sanitation needs are being met.

He noted that the Government continues to supply water to communities and, while persons are advised to use the commodity sparingly, it is important that they prioritise sanitation to prevent infections.

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