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Ministry of Health to advise soon when use of water from Rio Cobre can resume

The Ministry of  Health & Wellness has advised that residents of Bogwalk and adjoining communities, who rely on the Rio Cobre for their livelihood, will know by early next week whether they will get the greenlight to resume using the water for domestic and irrigation purposes.

Everton Baker, Director of  Environmental Health in the Ministry, told Radio Jamaica News that samples were collected on Thursday from the contaminated river.

He reiterated that the analysis will be expedited.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) reported on Friday that the water quality in the Rio Cobre had improved.

The pollution of  the Rio Cobre nearly a week ago resulted in the shutdown of  the National Water Commission's Spanish Town Treatment plant. This has left a number of  communities in Kingston and St. Catherine without water or with low water pressure.