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Tap Water Before Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Should you drink tap water in Puerto Rico?

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – People in Puerto Rico have been told to boil water after Hurricane Maria.

That’s a great piece of advice.

However, it’s important to understand that the health hazards related to tap water in Puerto Rico have existed before Hurricane Maria. 

It’s not safe to drink tap water in Puerto Rico, ever. You can drink it and may not feel anything immediately – such as gastroenteritis or other health concerns – but you may not be aware of longer term effects of such practice.

We put together a couple of links with information of the status of tap water in Puerto Rico, and also mainland USA to substantiate.

Tap water is not safe to drink. Unless you run each cup through a lab test, it’s probably best to use a good filter first.

If you decide to drink tap water in Puerto Rico, please read this first. Make an informed decision.

In 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that:

“Puerto Rico suffers the worst rate of drinking water violations of any state or territory in the nation. In 2015, 99.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s population was served by community water systems in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and 69.4 percent of people on the island were served by water sources that violated SDWA’s health standards. The data contained in this report reflect significant drinking water violations in Puerto Rico. These numbers are based on Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) data reported by the Puerto Rico Department of Health to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”

Read the full report here: https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/threats-on-tap-drinking-water-puerto-rico-ip.pdf

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Fox Business: Why You Should Think Twice Before Drinking Tap Water

“The Environmental Protection Agency is working hard to remove deadly toxins from drinking water being consumed by over six million Americans.”

“The move comes after Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a new study showing high levels of industrial chemicals such as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—which are linked to cancer and other health problems—have exceeded federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water in states like California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.”

Read the full article here: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/08/11/why-should-think-twice-before-drinking-tap-water.html

Here’s another look at additional issues with tap water from One Take Fitness and Nutrition in the UK:

“Don’t forget that once your water leaves the water treatment plant it travels through pipes, some of which may have been underground since Victorian times. It is almost impossible for the water not to become contaminated by something undesirable. How many of us still have lead pipes feeding into our houses? You can pretty much guarantee that if your house was built before about 1970 it’s probably still fed by a lead pipe at the very least from the water main in the street to your stop tap, so there’s every chance of heavy metal contamination.”

Read the full article here: http://martinwhitaker.co.uk/the-truth-about-drinking-tap-water/

There are some that report that tap water is beneficial. That is correct, but only when these contaminated conditions do not exist.

Could we go further in additional findings? Yes. But our goal here is to inform our readers with a basic understanding of the tap water situation. It has been and it is a health hazard that all should be made aware of.

Think before you drink.

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Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.

Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”

Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.

“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”

The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.

Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.

SOURCE Travelocity

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Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.

The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.

“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.

Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.

“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.

At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.

Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.

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Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.

Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.

Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.

Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.

Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29

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