Khartoum Health Ministry Shuts Down Bottled Water Factories

Khartoum’s Minister of Health, Professor Mamoun Himeida, on Wednesday, issued  a decision to close down a large number of bottled water factories.
The decision attributed the closure to non-compliance with the industrialization principles that guarantee the safety of citizens, especially as some factories do not have a work license and others produce polluted water.
Bottled water companies are aware that laced into plastic bottles are chemicals that can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time. Some of these chemicals can have negative health effects.

In addition, waste management has become a large problem in Sudan, with landfills growing to enormous sizes and recycling rates remaining almost non existent. The number of plastic bottles produced by the bottled water industry and subsequently discarded by consumers has only exacerbated this problem.

On a global level, according to a 2001 report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), roughly 1.5 million tons of plastic are expended in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year.

Besides the sheer number of plastic bottles produced each year, the energy required to manufacture and transport these bottles to market severely drains limited fossil fuels. Bottled water companies, due to their unregulated use of valuable resources and their production of billions of plastic bottles have presented a significant strain on the environment.