EPA Trains Water Producers on Reducing Disease-carrying Bacteria

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EPA Executive Director Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr.

Authorities of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday August 13, 2018, commenced a two-day training for technicians of packaged water producing companies in Montserrado County.

The training, according to EPA’s release, is intended to enhance the quality of water being produced by packaged water manufacturers.

It is estimated that waterborne diseases, including typhoid, cholera, guinea worm, and diarrhea, killed 3.4 million people globally each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The release said that it is against the backdrop of the WHO’s records that the training is being organized to help provide water “technicians” the necessary education and awareness, to help them remove or reduce bacteria and pathogens that contaminate drinking water in order to decrease the incidence of waterborne diseases.

According to the release, experienced professionals from Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Ministry of Health (MoH), and the EPA will lecture participants on how to turn ground water into fresh and safe packaged drinking water.

The “technicians” will also learn the EPA’s regulation on production of packaged drinking water.

Meanwhile, registration for EPA’s compliance certificate for packaged water producers started on Monday, August 6, and will end on September 30, 2018.

During this period and afterwards, the release said that a team of environmental inspectors will access all water producing facilities across the country to ensure that producers are in full compliance with EPA’s drinking water guidelines.

EPA is responsible for the management and protection of the country’s environment.

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