AS much as 69 per cent of Jamaica's households consume untreated drinking water, the 2011 Population and Housing Census has found.
The census, which was released last week, shows that 503,411 of the country's 881,078 households rely on untreated piped water for drinking while 85,392 depend on other sources. The census noted that there was no information from 14,758 households.
According to the census, St Andrew accounted for the majority of the households consuming untreated water, with 124,299, followed by St Catherine with 113,472. Trelawny reported the fewest households with 16,790.
Meanwhile, the census showed that St Andrew with 64,150 households, and St Catherine with just over 47,000 have the highest concentration of households that consume treated piped and bottled water as well as from treated sources.