Contributed by: Don WinnerThe water being supplied to the population does not have any bacteria and therefore can be consumed, said Wednesday the secretary general of the Ministry of Health, Félix Bonilla. "We have maintained communication with the National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan) ... the metropolitan area of health laboratory has tested the water and so far confirm the same as the Idaan laboratories," said Bonilla. On this subject, the Idaan has reported they "certify" that the water produced by the treatment plant at Chilibre meets the chemical and bacteriological requirements. According to Bonilla, tests show no bacteria in the water, there has not been an overproduction, and the water chemistry is not altered. The official said today they will be making an inspection of the water treatment plant in Chilibre. There "they will open certain valves to see if with the drainage they can cleanse" the liquid. It is thought the foul taste in the water might be caused by a broken pipe that has accumulated dirt, and if it is opened it will be cleaned out, said Bonilla on TVN Noticias. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: People have been reporting that the water in Panama City "tastes like dirt" for about three days now. And even if the MINSA is saying the water is safe to drink, you might want to stick to beer for a few days, just to be on the safe side. You can't be too careful, 'ya know...