It is often said that water is life. If this saying is something to go by, then, we need to be careful on what gives life to people. What goes into the system is very important.
Water is one important aspect of human existence today. From various definition, water is a compound of oxygen and hydrogen (chemical formula: H2O) with highly distinctive physical and chemical properties: it is able to dissolve many other substances; its solid form (ice) is less dense than the liquid form; its boiling point, viscosity, and surface tension are unusually high for its molecular weight, and it is partially dissociated into hydrogen and hydroxy ions.
Not only that, but also, a clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid, H2O, essential for most plant and animal life and the most widely used of all solvents. Freezing point 0°C (32°F); boiling point 100°C (212°F); specific gravity (4°C) 1.0000; weight per gallon (15°C) 8.338 pounds (3.782 kilograms). Water is more than a beverage. It is a particular type of energy that we need in a certain amount on a daily basis. If we do not obtain it, health is negatively impacted.
Knowing this, we have seen several mineral water factories in the country. Some of them prepare plastic bags with water, which at times do not even look good for human consumption.
Many of these factories are very helpful for the public, provided they follow hygienic procedure s. To have mineral water factories are good, but under what regulation? What arrangements are put into place to ensure good health, proper sanitation and clean environment?
There are too many water factories opening in the country. What we are keen to know is what criteria are set for their establishments. Besides the registration, does the Health ministry, or the Environmental Protection Agency or water and sewer give them specific guidelines for them to operate under?
In other counters in West Africa like Ghana, Nigeria, all mineral water companies undergo through inspection of their facilities; the health status of their employees, and more importantly, the equipment that they use for.
What types of laboratories they have. Are they up to standard set for such work? Do they ensure that these factories follow them or what?
Even if that is done, a regular inspection is conducted to ensure that these factories are in compliance with the rules.
In Liberia, many of the factories get water from places which are not healthy and package them into plastic bags for consumption.
These particles affect the health of citizens. The relevant agencies, health, commerce and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) need to mount a vigorous campaign about the inspection of mineral water factories.
Last year, it can be recalled that a number of people complained of drinking contaminated water prepared by some mineral companies. The Health Ministry said they would have conducted investigation into that, but nothing was heard about it.
We do not want to see disaster occur before steps are taken. We know that drinking contaminated water is one of the causes of illness in this country. We all need to work hard, especially the relevant agencies to advert the spread of diseases. We know that drinking contaminated water, at times leads to people getting cholera and typhoid.
Not all Liberians can afford to drink imported mineral water in this country.
Last week, a visitor to the country saw one mineral water factory. He expressed shock at it. The water is taken from well and those workers who package the bags do not even have protective gear such as gloves, head cover etc.
We, as a country need, to be very careful of our health. A healthy people can build a healthy society. If the people are not healthy today, what do you expect? Surely, that will lead to an increase in death rate.
Remember, some of these mineral water bags are used to feed some young babies. The New Republic is very worried out the health of the citizens. All efforts need to brought to bed for a thorough inspection to take place at all mineral water factories.
The wave at which plastic bags water is spreading on the streets, have the potential to create head hazards if the appropriate measures are not put into place.
Please act today to save a life.