Jul 23, 2014 UncategorizedComments Off on DEP Offers Tips on Drinking Water Safety
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds the public to stay alert on water safety in the wake of Typhoon Matmo. The typhoon made landfall in Taiwan and flooded reservoirs with turbid waters.
According to DEP, chlorine is often used to disinfect water during the process of water purification. However, the reaction of organic material in raw water with chlorine could result in the formation of trihalomethanes—a group of chemicals that have the potential to induce cancer.To remove the unpleasant chlorine smell and to avoid intake of trhihalomethane, DEP suggests bringing tap water to a rolling boil for five minutes, while leaving the range hood on to empty the toxic vapor from the kitchen. Water from sources such as mountain springs and wells should also be boiled before consumption.In addition to issuing drinking water advisory, DEP also reminds the public to heed hygiene standards of residential water tanks. If water tanks have been flooded as a result of excessive rainfall, the facilities should be drained, cleaned, and disinfected before being put to use again.