Press Release
5 December 2017 - 3:39pm

The community is being advised to take the necessary precautions to ensure that their water supply is safe for all uses including drinking, cooking, hand washing and bathing.

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Lionel Michael said water in containers such as barrels, tanks, and drums should be made safe and free from micro-organisms (germs) or any other forms of contamination.

According to the Chief, preventing water borne diseases is important for good health. “The presence of contaminants in water may lead to adverse effects such as diarrhoea, vomiting, etc,” he said.

He further stated, “We want to share a guide that we feel will assist persons with making the water supply safer for their use. Using household bleach (Clorox) is one of the most effective ways to kill bacteria.”

Below is a table showing the amount of household bleach for use per gallon(s) of water.

Tank Volume (Gallons)

Household Bleach

1 to 2

4 drops

3 to 4

10 drops

5

20 drops

6 to 75

30 drops

151 to 300

2 Tablespoons

301 to 500

4 Tablespoons

501 to 750

6 Tablespoons

751 to 1000

½ Cup

1001 to 1200

2/3 Cup

1201 to 2000

1 Cup

2001 to 2500

1 1/3 Cups

2501 to 3000

1 ½ Cups

3001 to 4000

2 ½ Cups

4001 to 4700

2 2/3 Cups

4701 to 5600

3 Cups

5601 to 6500

3 ½ Cups

6501 to 7500

4 Cups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to improving the health of the people of the Virgin Islands.

Author

Natasha Lettsome

Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 3681
Email:  nlettsome@gov.vg

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