By Elsa Baxter
Some 97 water samples from 29 bottling factories were not suitable for drinking.
Officials have warned water bottling plants in Jeddah they will be shut down if they break any licence regulations more than three times in one year.
Some 97 samples taken from 29 water bottling factories in the Saudi Arabian city were found to be not suitable for drinking, according to a report in Arab News.
Basheer Abu Najm, director of the department of licensing and commercial monitoring, told the paper: “Jeddah has of late witnessed a big increase in the number of water bottling factories, which necessitated the introduction of regulations to ensure that these factories comply with safety and health standards.”
He said insufficient processing machines, lack of safety and security measures, bad storage of water, as well as factories not having a lab specialist and using faulty packaging were to blame.
Name and shame is the best way to keep the population aware of which products are contaminated so that the companies involved can feel the pain of not selling these contaminated products. Ultimately, it will save the Saudi Government money on treating the patients for their illnesses that such contaminated water will produce.