Barbados Government Denies Claims That There’s E. coli in the Island’s Water Supply

Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday November 22, 2019 – Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams has denied social media reports that there is E. coli in the water supply in the north of the island.

Speaking during a press briefing at Ilaro Court, he described the message which has been circulating as “a dangerous misrepresentation” and “an untruth”.

Abrahams explained that due to reports of discoloured water in some of the northern parishes, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness had undertaken “stepped up” testing. And he said those tests revealed a reduced level of residual chlorine in the system.

The Minister added that the BWA had taken measures to make the necessary adjustments, which have seen the increase in those residual chlorine levels.

Abrahams urged persons wishing to get information from the BWA about their systems or any issues being experienced to use the official channels available, or to contact the BWA.

“I urge you do not just forward on things that you see that do not come from the Barbados Water Authority because that is how we spread misinformation and cause panic,” he advised.

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