'It's brown and it smells'
St Andrew residents raise concern about quality of water in their communitiesWednesday, August 13, 2014
BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
RESIDENTS of several communities in and around August Town, St Andrew, have raised concerns about the quality of water that is being piped to their homes.
Residents say for the past few months water flowing from their pipes is "so dark", they are forced to fetch water from rivers instead.
"For the past few months is pure dirty water we getting from pipes in our area," said Sandra White.
She was one of several residents who said they believe the water posed a health risk.
"The water is brown and it smells and it appears that there is little or no chlorine in the commodity," another resident explained.
On Monday, the residents' concerns were shared by workers from the Ministry of Health who visited the area to undertake vector control activities.
"Members of the health team have been in the area trying to educate members of the community about proper ways to destroy breeding sites for mosquitoes but during our visits we have noticed that the water quality in the area is poor," said Lucas Mead, who led the team of public health workers in sections of Kintyre and surrounding areas to speak to residents.
"Based on what we have observed, we are concerned about the quality of water coming from the pipes," said Mead.
The visit to the communities came ahead of yesterday's announcement by the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, which is in close proximity to the communities, of the detection of a case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus.
The case brings to five, the number of cases that have been detected in Jamaica. According to the Ministry of Health, two of the cases were imported.
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