S2 he Delly Noews No eber 2,. 19
Take steps to, protect your
cistern. water and health
Many people IL the Virgin -tam.. tst St. Croix pivate ecl
Islands do not realize that. in our. tea probably are contaminatec
envIronment. thee are all kinds of even though this study was nos
particles such as dust lying into te does on that island.
air that afet our quality o drink Davis However. adding household
Ipg water. bleached at s appropiae amount o
Some of our neighbor islands et Slud ounce of bleach per 12000
their drinking water from atkes, gallons of water at least once a
i6reams. or rivers, while most real- Our eenviosemennt month a very effecive in control-
dents o the Virin Islands get their lng dise Ia cistern water. When
water from cisterns. Furthermore, chlornsat is combined with prop-
the Virgin Islands Code stores Sometimes our water supplies or -lateasce practices.
'hat all buiarine o are contaminated and frequently or ta lntennc practice,
trcall build to be o pardized by or wa should be afe to drink.
territory, including public housing, red tondum 8poc TIh Salowlg ade bcomdmeLde-
must have their own claternsr s t ons based upos the test results
Many cisterns serve more than as msm or other s e h trom boUnier of the Virgin
2n5 peope year v found or heav mre Prnom 1986 to 2987, the Unlvir- Islads Water Resources Rsearch
thren I e rice connsieiord c heru- sity of the Virgin Islands Water Cn ".
tore. they are considered cmm must Resources Research Center con-. I. Al opening lading nto or
tycom war supplies ryms ductd a experiment to determine Out Of cistern should be
comply with Srf nt rinkin. All ar chlorination efficiency on cistern
Act requirements. All community tor lty. Ths ex2. AM trees should be trimmed
water supplies in the Virgin Islands coaducd on priv e -bck so noat to overhang the toof.
must be tested monthly for the pre- cisterns. hotel cisterns and gues ad o. provide ee space of to0 to
cnc4 of any pathogen that might house cisterns on St. naomas. 20
vnter into the drinking-water sup- During thit experiment, all eam- 0. Ch$oratlO with .household
pl. es were screened for focal 001- bleac. preferablylothly.
Bit the Safce Drinkiag Woer Act form and focal streptococcus, a 4.. A cistern cleaning at least
Sdoes not cover privately owned cis common pthogen that is found in aons e -- moe often
torn water quality because It only drinking water smetimes n areas ow leaves or dt.
covers cisterns Aerving at least 25 The study on private cisterns 5. Ft the coledktion box.or drain
people. It does cover cisterns at rvealed.th, it only overall aver- pipe with a first-flusi device that
hotels. guest houses. public and pri- sas w onsidred, then not one wodd dashp'the am few mo ons to
vute chncols and hospitals. of the 20 cisterns on St. Thomas wass before teg tbe ciste.
cause most private cisterns In would'have met Safe Drakin 6. Or se a on-cmool Ser en
the Vig Inslands serve fewer than Water Act standards. This =na the water tp Io it enters t1. ca.
25 people. t omld be rervoirs nation, however. is more as envI- t rag.
of enteric disease and must be treat- onmental problem thn man- 7. Have the water ayd quar-
ed. n made sources suah as sepad.tic-r tank A cotifem and s-ed oa
In the United States alone, about system according to the sdy. a Wginsa. e
95 percent of the rural population Therefore, the Safe Drinking Pblic uderstanding of the
dpcntds upon groundwater for Water Act should cover private ci- ature of water y is essential
drinking. But in the Virgin Islands er because the majority of Virgin for pibllo beal. We live in an
almost two-thirds of the population Islands residents' cter are not env m t that harbors diseases
relies on rainfall, now covered by it. end protecting drinking water Ia a
I think there is a need for the Pathogen such as psaudomohs must for all residents of these
public to be aware of the impor- serg s known to cause urinary islands.
tance of high-quality water ao life. tract nfctions. ar ectios and Par further Infosmation on how
th need to use water wisely and an diar eal.disease were aond dmuri to treat o r ter water you can
know how some deovbaopment can the study on St. Tbomas In 54 per- can the Water Resources Research
affect water quality. cent of the 304 samples taken. Center. at the University of the Vir-
sin Islands on St. Thomas at 776-
9200, ext. 1235. Caribbean Safe
Water Lab on S. Thomas at 776-
5222 or St. Croix at Ocean
Research System at 773-3246.
Siam we m in the rainy season,
it is moe imp tast to check your
istemr's war qualutr. members.
prevedio is bother theurse.