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T&T Gov't requests report on water contamination

Published:Friday | February 17, 2017 | 4:33 PM

The Trinidad and Tobago Government has requested a report amid concerns that lead contaminated water from a landfill has been entering a water treatment plant owned by the state-run Water and Sewerage Authority WASA since 2014.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young made the disclosure to reporters yesterday at the end of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Officials of the Solid Waste Management Company Limited told a Public Accounts Enterprises Committee of Parliament earlier this week that lead contaminated water from the Guanapo Landfill has been entering WASA’s Caroni Water Treatment Plant.

However, WASA has issued a statement informing consumers that the water is safe to drink.

The Authority has insisted that water it produces meets and exceeds guidelines set by the World Health Organisation for potable or drinking water quality.