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DOWASCO refutes social media reports on water quality

by: Dominica Vibes News - November 22, 2016
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The Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO) has refuted as “baseless and slanderous and against the best interest of the public” social media reports claiming that Dominica’s water has caused illness to two visitors.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday 22 November 2016, DOWASCO sought to assure the general public that its water quality is “up to required standards” in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

On Monday 21 November 2016, a message warning people to boil all water before drinking surfaced on social media and was circulated via WhattsApp;

“WARNING! !! Boil all water before drinking. There were 2 people from St. Thomas who got the flu while visiting DA. They returned to St. Thomas but got even more sick. They were flown to the USA because they were so ill. One survived but the other died. An investigation was done and they realized that there is something in the water here that is affecting the liver. Eventually leading to their sudden death”.

The statement issued by DOWASCO on Tuesday 22 November 2016 is as follows;

“Reports questioning the water quality in Dominica have been circulating on social media throughout yesterday. DOWASCO is satisfied that the water quality provided in Dominica is up to the required standards as stipulated by the World Health Organization for drinking water.

Notwithstanding, we continue to routinely sample and test water supplied daily to vigilantly monitor water quality throughout the island. We therefore categorically say and attest that the water supplied to the public is safe and is of highest quality standard as confirmed by the record of the test results of September – November 2016 period.

We have gone further to single out the test result for the presence of coliform Bacteria (that’s one of the commonly used indicators of sanitary quality of foods and water; disease-causing microorganisms referred to as pathogens).

For the September –November 2016 period, the Coliform Bacteria test result is (0 CFU/100 mL or <1 CFU/100 mL, zero or less than one colony forming unit per 100 millimeter). That is in total compliance with World Health Organization (WHO) standards. The allegation then is baseless and slanderous and against the best interest of the public. We wish to assure everyone that water quality and safety will continue to be paramount to DOWASCO and we shall devotedly do all in our powers to maintain a safe and secured, reliable potable water supply to all”.