Abrahams: No E. coli in water

There is no E. coli in the water system in the north.

In response to a claim making the rounds on social media warning residents to be careful with the water since tests revealed the bacteria, Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams said this was untrue.

Abrahams issued a statement to the DAILY NATION when asked about the matter, and reiterated the position last night at a media conference with Prime Minister Mia Mottley and representatives from the Barbados Light & Power, Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Barbados National Oil Co Ltd and Inter-American Development Bank on the two-day islandwide water and power outage.

 Abrahams said that as a result of the discoloured water issues being experienced in St Lucy, the Ministry of Health and the BWA increased their testing in the parish. The results showed reduced chlorine residual levels and adjustments were made.

“Improvements in the residual levels have been seen in subsequent tests. At no time have E.coli bacteria been found in the water in St Lucy or anywhere in Barbados,” he said in the statement.

At the media conference, he said the claims were a “misrepresentation “and an “untruth”.

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