The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday night that Puerto Rican citizens may be trying to obtain drinking water from wells at contaminated toxic waste sites, which it is strongly advising citizens not to do.
"There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste 'Superfund' sites in Puerto Rico," the agency said in its latest hurricane response report. "EPA advises against tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking from these wells, as it may be dangerous to people's health."
Finding clean drinking water on the island has been a challenge for citizens in the wake of the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory's infrastructure.
EPA released a video showing how it has been collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to restore safe drinking water from wells on the island.
The agency is also coordinating drinking water relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"EPA continues to coordinate drinking water sampling with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Natural Resources," the agency said on Wednesday. "In Puerto Rico, the EPA continues to focus on assessing both drinking water and wastewater systems and continues to work closely with the government of Puerto Rico."