THE owner of a closed dam in Ba has refuted claims that the water source is the cause of an outbreak of communicable diseases in the area.
The Waica dam, which supplies water to more than 6000 residents, was closed off earlier this week by the Health Ministry after cases of leptospirosis and hepatitis were found in the area.
M. R. Dayal and Sons director Brij Lal said they would not be held responsible for the cause of the outbreak.
"We should not be held responsible for all of this because we do not know the cause of the problem," said Mr Lal.
"The water system has been around for the last 56 years and people have been drinking the same water and enjoying their lives. Why should we be blamed?"
Mr Dayal said residents were fully aware of the quality of water that was supplied to them by the company.
"We haven't treated the water, it has been there for a very long time and these residents know what kind of quality of water that we supply to them.
"During rainy season, they know what to do. They know that they should boil the water that is coming into their homes before they drink it.
"It is not uncommon to boil drinking water and it is something that is done in the rainy and dry seasons."
The company director said they would leave it to the health authorities and government to decide on actions to be taken to address the problem.
"We have gathered here with the Prime Minister to counter the problem and just to sort out the things that can be done," he said.