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Davao City Health Officer-in-Charge Dr. Ashley Lopez announced that the drinking water in Toril served by DCWD is clean and safe.

This announcement forms part of the final and conclusive report on the diarrhea outbreak in Toril presented by Dr. Lopez during his interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio on July 29, 2022.

The CHO thanked DCWD for its cooperation on the repeat testing with additional condition set to ensure accuracy of results. The water samples for microbial analysis taken before-the-water meter are negative in bacteria.

DCWD is responsible for the maintenance and repair of pipelines before-the-water meter.

This confirms DCWDโ€™s earlier water sampling and testing that yielded negative results and 100% confidence that the contamination did not come from DCWDโ€™s water sources or distribution network.

Further, water samples were also submitted to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine which found no abnormal growth in the bacteriology test. This means that the said samples tested negative for any pathogenic organisms.

Likewise, DCWD thanks the CHO and its support agencies for the close coordination maintained throughout the investigation until the resolution of the diarrhea outbreak in Toril.

DCWD continues to ensure the general public that it has protocols in place to safeguard the quality of water it provides to the customers.

DCWD shares the concerns of the CHO on the after-the-meter water samples that have a statistically significant number of positive results in total coliform and Escherichia coli.

While the CHO points out that these after-the-meter water samples were seen in isolated cases particularly in pipelines submerged in dirty water and canals, DCWD reminds all its customers to ensure proper maintenance of their after-the-meter or private water pipelines and fixtures to avoid entry of possible contaminants.

DCWD also reminds customers to conduct their own flushing whenever there is a water service interruption to complement DCWDโ€™s before-the-meter flushing works.

Once water is restored, customers are advised to open all faucets and allow water to run for at least two minutes. While doing this, do not drink tap water immediately.

Water may be boiled as an additional safety precaution.

Lastly, DCWD reiterates the advice of the CHO to those whose sources are not from DCWD (e.g. open wells, shallow wells, deep wells, springs, and other sources) to boil the water before consumption to prevent water-borne diseases.