Belmopan. October 28, 2013. After the continuous rains over the weekend, many residents have been experiencing flooding which has contaminated their drinking water, leaving it unsafe to drink and requiring treatment.

In order to avoid becoming ill, all households whose drinking water has been affected are asked to treat their water.

1. Add 1 tablespoon of Clorox to five gallons of water, mix completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using. DO NOT use bleach that has perfumes.

2. Boil water at a rolling boil for one minute.

3. Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.

4. Report any leaks in pipe lines to BWS.

It is also highly recommended that for persons in the rural areas that experienced flooding and use well water to also treat their drinking water as it may not be safe for consumption. Water that is dark, has an odor or has floating pieces should NOT be used and should be disinfected.

The public is advised that the Ministry of Health continues to monitor the flooding situation to ensure all persons remain safe during this time of emergency.

For further Information please call the Ministry of Health at 822-2325/2363/2497