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Friday, July 16, 2010

Water in ATMs not safe, says health official

07/16/2010 - PURIFIED water sold through a water dispenser or through the so-called automated tubig machines (ATMs) are not safe and has no permit, according to a health official.
The selling of purified water along the road was not safe since it would expose the water to contaminants like dust and crude oil, said engineer Evangeline Canoneo, environmental health program coordinator of the Department of Health in Central Visayas during the weekly “Kapihan sa PIA” program yesterday.

Canoneo said that even transporting purified water in not an enclosed vehicle such as a trisikad or motorcycle could affect the water.

She said this kind of retailed water should be transported with a closed vehicle because purified water has no chemical disinfectant or chlorine since it uses the reverse osmosis process.

She said exposing the purified water with sunlight would produce algae and other bacteria.

Canoneo called on local officials especially local health offices to monitor these retailed purified water being sold along the road because it also didn’t have any permit.

Canoneo was referring to the ATM, a water vending machine where a P1 coin trigggers the water dispenser to release enough mineral water to fill a small plastic tube, the kind used to make iced water.

This ATMs are usually placed in public areas where there are a significant amount of people traffic. (Cebu Daily News)

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