Saudis Deny Waters Of Zamzam Contaminated
JEDDAH, Aug 9, (KUNA): Saudi Arabia denied Monday reports on the contamination of Zamzam water, which is distributed to visitors of Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah.
Saudi Hajj Minister Dr Fuad Al-Farisi said the reports on the water’s contamination were false, adding that the ministry sent samples of the water for testing, which proved that it was safe.
He stressed that the ministry regularly examines all containers of Zamzam water in coordination with three governmental bodies.
This year, three packings of Zamzam water will be distributed; a 330-milliliter container upon arrival, a 1.5-liter container upon departure, and 20-liter containers, which will be distributed at the residence of pilgrims during Hajj, he pointed out. Throughout the Hajj season, a total of 1.5 million water containers will be distributed, he said. He stressed that Saudi authorities were ready to receive the pilgrims whose number is expected to be 1.7 million this year.
About 20,000 buses will be provided for the pilgrims, he added. British health authorities recently warned Britons against using Zamzam water or transferring it to the United Kingdom, claiming it was contaminated and caused illness.