You can survive for days with no food and just water. That’s how vital this fluid of life is, and it should be no surprise. Remember that the average adult human body is 50-percent to 65-percent water, (averaging around 57 percent-60 percent).
As it is the ultimate drink water is also the best anti-contaminant. But just how quickly can water turn from life’s main elixir to a toxic cocktail? As quickly as unscrupulous persons turn a quick buck at peddling unsafe bottled water.
Thus…[pq]…the Department of Health warned the public against fly-by-night water refilling stations selling drinking bottled water in downtown streets.[/pq]
DoH Region 6 medical specialist II Dr. Elvie Villalobos said consumers must check for the sanitary and business permits of water retailers or refilling stations before buying or drinking to make sure that the water undergo laboratory test from the Food and Drug Administration.
Villalobos said the warning came after their latest test result showed that almost 50 percent of water from underground sources is contaminated with fecal coliform which is not safe for drinking.[pq]Fecal coliform is bacteria found in the fecal material of humans and warm-blooded animals that might cause water-borne diseases and skin allergies.[/pq]
Villalobos noted that most of these drinking water refilling stations get their water supplies from deep wells, shallow tube-well and the Metro Iloilo Water District.
“We should be careful of these bottled water being sold in downtown or streets. Some of them are unsafe for drinking. If we are not sure of the water we take, we better boil it to prevent diarrhea and other water-borne diseases,” she stressed.
Villalobos said septic tanks from households constitute a big factor in the contamination of underground water. He stressed deep wells and water pumps should be 25 meters away from septic tanks.
In Iloilo City, there are around 200 water-refilling stations operating, but some of them had not secured sanitary permits.
The City Health Office issues a sanitary permit to a water refilling station after the submission of an operational permit issued by the DoH.
Under the Sanitation Code, “no water supply source shall be operated for drinking purpose without an operational permit”.
Before the DoH could issue an operational permit, an applicant is required to identify the location of its business and to submit the water refilling station’s sanitary plan, piping layout, technical description and schematic diagram.
– DFF, Medical Observer