MANILA, Philippines - With demand for mineral and purified water growing in summer, Quezon City (QC) authorities said that it would make surprise inspections on water refilling stations in the city to avert the sale of contaminated water.
Third District Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes expressed disgust over the practice of groups who pass off regular drinking water as purified, distilled or mineral water.
The unscrupulous sellers get their water from the faucet, Reyes said.
He said his office also received complaints that some of the bottled water sold publicly are either cloudy and have unpleasant smell.
Acting on the complaints, Reyes asked the city government and concerned government agencies to take steps to stop the illegal practice in the distilled and mineral water service distribution business.
QC Mayor Herbert Bautista said that personnel of the water refilling stations should be in uniform and the premises should always be clean to make it as hygienic as possible.
Bautista said he will also look into reports that many water refilling stations rarely change their filters putting public health at high risk.
To ensure that only safe drinking water is sold, Bautista said the crew and even the owners of the water refilling station should undergo regular seminars where business ethics should be emphasized.
He noted that some businessmen in the drinking water delivery business may be aware of the methods of keeping their product safe but deliberately violate the safety schemes to maximize profit.
Concerned citizens have asked the Quezon City government to inform residents where they can file complaints against erring water refilling stations.
"I hope the mayor will make it easier for us to report the disgusting practice of unscrupulous water refilling station owners. We also do wish that inspectors and experts are made readily available to us to determine the safety of the water we are buying," one citizen said.
She also sought the assistance of the city government in running after fly-by-night or illegal water refilling stations operating without the required permit from concerned authorities.