Beware of Contaminated Well Water
Published 23rd April 2018, 2:42pm
The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) advises
residents of Watering Place, Cayman Brac to refrain from using well water for
the purposes of drinking, bathing, cooking, handwashing and washing of utensils
until further notice. Affected areas include Poppy Lane, Mary Elli and Plaza
Drive. The DEH also urges residents of these areas to boil water from rain catchment tanks before
Well water showed a high level of faecal bacteria contamination. “Eight (8) water samples were
tested,” says Patience Eke, Environmental Health Officer, Cayman Brac. “After
24 hours of incubation, seven (7) of those samples showed a high level of E
Coli and coliform.”
Initial tests were conducted after several residents of Watering Place
complained about sewage- like odour in their well water.
The DEH has since sought the assistance of the Water
Authority to conduct further tests to confirm the source of the contamination.
E.coli and coliform are common bacteria found in the human digestive system.
Their presence in food/water is an indication of faecal contamination.
Underground/well water are usually contaminated when there is improper disposal
Residents are again encouraged to desist from using
well water for the purposes listed above. If they must use the well water; to
follow the under listed procedures:
1. Bring the water to a boiling point.
2. Disinfect water with domestic non fragrance bleach-one teaspoon
to five gallons of water.
Note: Do not disinfect the water in the well as it is
difficult to estimate the quantity of water in the well, secondly, the contact
time for the disinfectant to kill the bacteria may not be achieved.
For more information on water testing, please contact DEH’s Laboratory by telephone
at 949-6696 or by email at Antoinette.firstname.lastname@example.org.