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Rivers warns bottled, sachet water exposed to sunlight emit harmful chemicals

*The Rivers State Government of Nigeria cautions producers, retailers and consumers of bottled water and sachet water against exposing the products to sunlight, as such exposure causes skin diseases, leukaemia, cancer, and an increased mortality rate

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In ensuring consumer wellbeing against unhealthy beverages in the state, the Rivers State Government has said harmful chemicals are emitted when bottled water and sachet water, popularly called ‘pure water’ in local parlance, are exposed to sunlight.

ConsumerConnect gathered Hon. Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja, Honourable Commissioner for Water Resources, in Rivers State, issued the warning during activation of the ‘Campaign Against Exposure Of Bottled/Sachet Water To Sunlight’ in the state, in South-South region of the country.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

Addressing the participants in the event, Hon. Jaja particularly warned businesses against the practice of leaving their water and other plastic-packed products out in the Sun, or transporting plastic/sachet water in open vans which leave them exposed to sunlight in the process.

Such exposure, the Commissioner stated, causes skin diseases, leukaemia, cancer, and an increased mortality rate.

Jaja, who also expressed Governor Wike’s desire to limit the emerging health threat, urged critical stakeholders and the media to actively enlighten the public on the need to properly store their products away from the Sun, and to immediately stop consuming such exposed bottled/sachet water.

In his Ministry’s renewed effort at improving water quality in the state, the Rivers State Commissioner for Water Resources restated there would be no cutting corners in the quality of water made available to consumers in the state.

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