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Selling water from outside vehicles now illegal

Beginning February 7, the Commission for Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) will no longer allow the sale and / or distribution of bottles of purified water through outside vehicles transportation.

The commission is implementing the new law to prevent people from consuming the microorganisms that grow inside the water jugs due to sun exposure.

According to Article 19 of the General Health law,  the new rule corresponds with the Ministry of Health and governments of the states that monitor the quality of water for human use and consumption. The application of the new law includes changes that the sale of water in jugs is made in closed vehicles.

Ephraim Alonzo Sansores, head of COFEPRIS, says when the liquid is transported in regular vehicles the bottles are exposed to solar radiation that generates germs from the plastic (from which the water is produced) causing a rise in pathogens — an infectious agent or microorganism that can produce disease.

Alonzo noted that to enforce the new rule, which comes from the Ministry of Health, they will be notifying businesses where water purification is performed and reviewing the way the business transports its water.

Businesses that do not comply with the new arrangement can be suspended and / or given a fine of at least one thousand times minimum wage.

The Commission for Protection against Health Risks said there are 73 water purification companies in and around Playa del Carmen, most of which are found in residential neighborhoods such as the colony Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta and Ejidal.

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