Baciwa water positive for coliform bacteria

THE water supply in areas of Lopez Jaena-Luzuriaga Streets in Bacolod City have been tested positive for the presence of coliform bacteria, the Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) has confirmed.

Baciwa Assistant General Manager for Operations Genelyn Gemora said on Thursday that last week, they received a complaint from a resident regarding the foul odor in their water supply.

When they examined the water sample, it was tested positive for coliform bacteria, Gemora said.

Coliforms are bacteria that are always present in the digestive tracts of animals, including humans, and are found in their wastes. They are also found in plant and soil materials.

Gemora said they immediately contained the area to disinfect and repair the water pipe connections that affected 39 residents.

Baciwa temporarily provided water for the affected residents.
Gemora said they are now repairing 222 meters of water connections for the modifications of the water system.

She said most of the water connections have leakages, were improperly installed, and some were even illegal.

After the repair, Gemora said they will conduct a water retesting to confirm that the contamination has been eliminated.

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