Don't worry. Trinidad and Tobago's drinking water is free of lead and safe to drink.
In an apparent response to public anxiety about contaminated water, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), via a news release yesterday, assured its customers and the general public that the water it produces “meets and exceeds guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for potable or drinking water quality”.
“The authority wishes to reiterate that the water supply from the Caroni and other water treatment plants meet the WHO guidelines for drinking water quality and is therefore safe to drink,” the authority stated.
WASA's statement came in the wake of the disclosure at Wednesday's meeting of the Public Accounts Enterprises Committee (PAEC) by Solid Waste Management Company (Swmcol) CEO Ronald Roach that an October 2014 The University of the West Indies (The UWI) study found lead in the rivers surrounding the Guanapo landfill site.
Committee members concluded the Caroni Water Treatment Plant, which also draws from such watercourses, was similarly contaminated.
Lead is a toxic and very strong poison to which the brain is extremely sensitive.