The US Virgin Islands has announced a state of emergency due to the discovery of lead and copper in the tap water in St. Croix.

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands declared a state of emergency on Wednesday following the discovery last week that tap water in St. Croix contains lead and copper. Residents have been advised not to drink the water.

The statement, authorized on Monday by Governor Albert Bryan, releases crucially needed assets, simplifies emergency reaction, and permits the American territory to request assistance from the federal government.

Local and federal authorities are currently conducting tests and monitoring the water in St. Croix, resulting in the government setting frozen prices for bottled water and other goods.

An inquiry was initiated at the end of September after receiving reports of discolored water on an island with a population of over 50,600 individuals.

Authorities have stated that although the water is not suitable for consumption or cooking, it is considered safe for showering and cleaning purposes.