Three state departments deny contaminated water allegations
Three state department held a joint press conference yesterday to deny rumors that drinking water in various public schools in Kuwait was contaminated. “The Environment Public Authority (EPA), Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) and Ministry of Health (MOH) are cooperating together and with other relevant authorities that water supplies are safe and of good quality,” said engineer Mohammed Al-Enezi EPA’s deputy director for technical affairs during a press conference held at EPA’s building. He stressed that contaminated water allegations first made by a citizen on his social media account are groundless.
“We periodically take water samples to analyze them,” he stressed, noting that all other bodies take and analyze samples as well and transparently declare the results. He also noted that EPA invited the complainer twice to visit its building and present evidence to prove his allegations, but he never showed up. Meanwhile, MEW’s, Dr Meshaan Al-Otaibi said that MEW follows standard procedures to make sure that water supplies are safe, saying that the complainer should have been more accurate before making his claims. Otaibi also stressed that water quality in Kuwait is one of the best worldwide and that 400 samples are taken monthly from 500 sites to be examined and make sure the water pumped to consumers was bacteria-free. “MEW also used neutral international labs such as those of WHO to verify the results reached in our labs,” he underlined. In the meantime, MOH’s assistant undersecretary for general health affairs Dr Majida AlQattan expressed regret that an old rumor, which he said was first posted last year is being circulated again, and claiming that 90 percent of water in public schools is contaminated. “We investigated the matter and proved those claims wrong,” she highlighted, noting that the same applies to the recent allegations as the water is periodically examined.
In other news, MP Khaled Al-Otaibi was rushed to the chest diseases hospital yesterday due to pulmonary embolism, his brother posted on his Twitter account.
Separately, the court of appeal yesterday suspended a previous verdict which sentenced two female citizens who worked for Ministry of Utilities (formerly Ministry of Communications) to seven years in prison with hard labor and dismissal from their jobs for embezzling KD 520,000. The court also ordered the defendants’ release, banned them from travelling and postponed the hearing of the case until further witnesses are summoned.