The Environmental Health Division is warning residents to take protective measures in case their drinking water is compromised after Hurricane Irma.

“At this stage, everyone who is unsure of their water quality should be boiling their water for at least five minutes before consumption,” said Environmental Health Officer Tianna Frazer, adding, “If boiling is not an option, persons can use household bleach by adding six drops to one gallon of water. After mixing, allow to stand for 30 minutes.”

Chlorine tablets can also be used, according to Ms. Frazer, who added that they are available free of cost.

“These tablets are only for four- to five-litre drums and not to be thrown into cisterns,” she said.

Anyone with concerns about the quality of their water system can contact the EHD at 852-7782.