Puerto Rico is under a mandatory Boil Water Notice, but in some towns, the water can’t be used even if it’s boiled. The government confirmed 4 deaths of Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) and confirmed 10 other cases, even though reliable sources in Hospitals tell us the number of cases is much much higher. This is the result of the water treatment system not working for lack of power. Also, dead animal bodies and their waste are contaminating lakes, canals, rivers and reservoirs.
U.S. environmental regulator warned residents of Puerto Rico on
Wednesday not to break into wells at industrial waste sites as parts of
the island still struggle with drinking water shortages three weeks
after Hurricane Maria hit.
are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water
from wells at hazardous waste ‘Superfund’ sites in Puerto Rico,” the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a release.
sites are areas contaminated by hazardous industrial waste that have
been identified by the EPA as candidates for a federal clean-up program.
EPA advised against “tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking
from these wells, as it may be dangerous to people’s health.”
Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday drinking water supplies
have been restored to nearly 60% of the island but some areas in the
north remained at around 20% after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S.
was not immediately clear which Superfund sites the EPA was referring
to. Puerto Rico has about 24 industrial waste sites contaminated by
industries including pesticides and battery recycling.
waste is not the only drinking water worry in Puerto Rico. The agency
said raw sewage continues to be released into waterways and is expected
to continue until repairs can be made and power is restored. The EPA
advised people to boil water from rivers and streams for one minute, or
disinfect it with bleach.