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Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The move of the Permits and Licensing Division of Bacolod City to strictly require all water refilling stations operating in the city to secure clearance from the National Water Resources Board before extracting ground water is a very necessary one that could be life-saving.
It is not enough that such operators are just warned that their Mayor’s Permits will be cancelled if they don’t comply with this requirement. Their business is such that they supply a very vital product that could be very dangerous to the health of their consumers, unless adequate measures are taken to ensure that what they are supplying to their customers is safe, and not polluted with disease-carrying bacteria, or other elements that could cause serious illness affecting their digestive organs.
We have already heard of people, families, even, who have been afflicted with mysterious stomach ailments where such supposedly “bottled water” became the suspects. Can we afford to risk such ailments that improperly extracted or processed water can cause?
Everybody knows how popular the use of such “mineral”, “spring” or simply bottled water has become. This is because users had come to believe that this kind of drinking water is safe and free from contamination. But who is to prove otherwise?
The disclosure that some of these stations that supply the water to refill the stocks of distributors are not even covered with clearance from the Natural Water Resources Board, is alarming, to say the least.
That is why the Permits and Licensing Division of the city must not pussyfoot about demanding the compliance by all such refilling stations with the requirement of a clearance from the NWRB, and not just simply warn them or threaten them with the cancellation of their permits.
Discovery of such failure to be cleared should call for immediate closure of such stations. Their continued operation is a dangerous threat to the health of our people which should not be tolerated.*