Despite recommendations for the closure of two of Bong County’s three mineral water companies, authorities are yet to implement such recommendations.
In an assessment report of the Bong County Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector, Truth and Bong County Yah mineral water companies are to be closed down for posing dangers to public health.
The report further recommended that the Truth Mineral water Company currently has its well situated on a lowland, with a garbage site just about thirty-seven feet away, adding that the company did not have any method of disinfectant other than filtration, with poor sanitary facilities.
The WASH report also noted that the Truth Mineral Water company be guided if it should continue its operations in the process of re-location.
The low land well of the Bong County Yah Mineral Water company is reported to be located near a grave – ninety seven feet away from the factory, eighty-four feet away from a latrine.
The report recommended the closure of the Bong County Yah mineral water until its re-location of its facilities to an approved site in line with the requisite public health standards.
The report made no recommendation for the Bong Pure Mineral Company to be shut down, but advised to change its leaking filter, and have its workers undergone medical checkup and certificated, as well as to properly manage the factory water source.
Bong County citizens, calling on radio shows during discussions on the report in the county, suggested the closure of the Bong County Yah, and Truth Mineral Water to avoid further damage to public health.
They wondered why the two companies were still operating since September last year when the recommendations were made to the authorities, expressing the belief that the mineral water companies were posing serious threats to public health.
However, county officials and the mineral water companies have refused to speak to the media about this latest report.