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Residential water service shut down for selling piped water

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — La Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios has suspended a  Playa del Carmen water company for selling piped water.

The water station was found selling piped water as purified drinking water. Federal officers inspected the station and also found several health risks, leading to its suspension.

Officers from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks report that upon inspection of the purified water station in the Villas del Sol subdivision, they detected multiple irregularities that they say, are a health risk to users.

Photo: La Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios

Julio Mendoza Álvarez of the federal agency says what they found was a “clandestine well of about three meters had been drilled. It only piped the water where it was then connected to a machine that acts as a dispenser.

“It is this piped water that represents a health risk and is why it is suspended,” explained Julio Mendoza.

The suspended water station, which is located on Cigüeña Street with Pavo Real, was also found with serous health concerns such as calcium buildup in the dispensing lines, reused water caps and fungus growing the tinaco.

The individual who sells the water does so by refilling water jugs in the station before driving around the community where they are sold for 11 peso. The official said that the person in charge of taking care of the purifier had citizens identify him where he distributed the water jugs.

Mendoza Álvarez commented that the individual in charge of the station is likely to receive a 60,000 peso fine and will be turned over to the National Water Commission (Conagua) for operating the well without the corresponding concession.