Manila: Contaminated water crisis in Tondo over
By Niel Villegas Mugas, Reporter
The city government of Manila on Saturday announced that the crisis over Tondo’s contaminated water supply has ended.
Armand Sebastian, spokesman for Mayor Lito
Atienza of Manila, told The Times that the problem has been put under control in
at least two districts of the city through the joint efforts of the Manila
Health Department, the Department of Health and the Maynilad Water Services Inc.
Sebastian said that most of the 242 patients
who suffered gastroenteritis after drinking contaminated water were sent home
over the weekend.
He said the government distributed 2,000
water-purifying tablets to the residents of Velasquez, Gagalangin, F. Varona,
Lacson and Pacheco Streets in Manila to prevent the spread of waterborne
Manila Water took care of repairing the
water pipelines in the area. It also rationed water to residents of the affected
Rafael Alunan III, MWSI head, pointed to 235
pipelines found leaking in the area, mostly caused by illegal water connections.
He said the illegal water connections could be blamed for the contamination of
the water supply in Tondo.
Sebastian said Atienza has ordered city health officials to continuously monitor the water quality in the areas affected by the crisis.
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