Three state de­part­ments deny con­tam­i­nated wa­ter al­le­ga­tions

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

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.

Wa­ter sam­ples

“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.

Law­maker hos­pi­tal­ized

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.

Sen­tence over­ruled

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.

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