French St. Martin issues restriction on consuming tap water

POSTED: 12/23/11 1:16 PM

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The water management authority is urging people on the eastern side of the island not to drink water from the tap until December 26. The prohibition is out of fear that people will become sick from water running through pipes that have heavy concentrations of chlorine and disinfectant in them.

The advisory is especially for people above the 15 meter mark east of the roundabout in Cul de Sac, Cul de Sac, Anse Marcel, Orient Bay, French Quarter and Oyster Pond. This group has been having a recurrent problem with lack of water. In order to restore their supply by Christmas, the water management authority installed a new transmission line through Grand Case that is 2, 200 m in length. They then flushed the pipes with chlorine and disinfectant, but an analysis from the Pasteur Institute in Guadeloupe on whether the water will be safe to drink won’t be ready until December 26. That is why the prohibition on drinking the tap water has been instituted.

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