By Vincent Ujumadu
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) has sealed 16 table water industries in the state that did not meet the minimum hygienic standard.
The General Manager, Mr Cosmos Ndukwe, said this on Monday in Umuahia while briefing newsmen on the efforts of the agency to get rid of sub-standard sachet water from the markets.
â€œOur end of year struggle is on table water production because so many people depend on that,â€ he said.
The ASEPA boss said that out of the 16 industries sealed,two were situated in Umuahia, while fourteen were in Aba, adding that the two industries sealed in Umuahia had responded to instructions given to them.
Ndukwe expressed concern on the filthy environment where table water industries were sited, adding that manufacturers failed to put the health of the end users of their products into consideration.
He said that while some sited their production bases close to toilets in their respective compounds, others linked theirs directly to their bore holes.
Ndukwe said that many table water products also did not have production dates which would reveal the time which the product would become unhealthy for human consumption.
â€œThe life span of table water is two months after which it loses its efficacy,â€ he said, adding that ASEPA checks revealed that most industries faked NAFDAC registration numbers.
Ndukwe said that ASEPA and the commissioner of police had increased the number of policemen who would be on ASEPA monitoring teams, as the agency intended to raid the industries that were not complying with environmental standards.