City Health Urged to Inspect Water Refilling Stations
Due to numerous complaints from the public, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City approved the resolution of Councilor Bart Orola in Wednesday’s August 15 regular session, that requests the City Health Office and the Permits and Licensing Division of the Bacolod City through the Office of the City Mayor, to inspect all water refilling business establishments in the city.
According to Councilor Orola, his office received numerous complaints about the handling of purified drinking water, particularly those sold in the markets, and those placed in containers, reported to have improper/defective packaging and seal, and the continued use of old containers that are dilapidated and considered over-used.
He also said, there are also concerns of proliferation of new purified water refilling businesses within the city, thereby requiring measures to ascertain their legitimacy and compliance with laws and other rules and regulations set forth by the government.
Orola emphasized in his resolution that water is life, thus it is essential for everybody’s health, and that drinking contaminated water is harmful to one’s body and might result to illness and other water-borne diseases.
The unwarranted handling of purified water business is vital for public health should be looked into by the local health body, as well as the monitoring of their permit and license compliance, thereby properly coming up with appropriate action or measure for the health and safety of public water consumers.*(Edith B.Colmo)