Oro river to un­dergo more 'wa­ter test'

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

THE Ca­gayan de Oro San­i­tary Land­fill Task Force is set to con­duct three wa­ter tests in the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the Ca­gayan de Oro rivers to ver­ify

the re­ports on garbage leak­age that has been caus­ing skin dis­eases among the res­i­dents liv­ing in the `af­fected’ barangays.

City Coun­cilor Suzette Mag­ta­jas-Daba, chair­per­son of the task force, said

the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST) and the Depart­n­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources-En­vi­ron­men­tal Bureau (DENR-EMB) will also get wa­ter sam­ples from the rivers.

“The city will get wa­ter sam­ples in 5 ar­eas, while the other agen­cies will cover more or less 8 to 10 ar­eas,” Mag­ta­jas-Daba said in an in­ter­view.

The task force, Mag­ta­jasDaba said, has de­cided to carry out 3 par­al­lel tests so that re­sults would be ac­cu­rate and many ar­eas will be cov­ered in the whole stretch of the river and trib­u­taries.

It can be re­called that a test con­ducted by a pri­vate test­ing cen­ter in the Oro rivers has showed that wa­ter qual­ity is “within tol­er­a­ble level”.

The tests, con­ducted last Septem­ber, uses pH, tem­per­a­ture, bio­chem­i­cal oxy­gen de­mand (BOD) and dis­solved oxy­gen (DO), as sign posts to iden­tify if the wa­ter is safe and healthy.

How­ever, Mag­ta­jas-Daba said river-re­lated com­plaints have sur­faced on Oc­to­ber, and not on

Septem­ber where the test was con­ducted.

“So it is pos­si­ble that there are al­ready changes of the river’s qual­ity. So we need to dou­ble-check, triple-check para mak­laro tanan ug para once and for all, makain­gon ang tanan nga dili kita bias, but we are in­de­pen­dent,” she added.

City Lo­cal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Clenro) Chief Ed­win Dael has wel­comed the move, say­ing the tests could un­cover the other pol­lu­tants of the river.

Dael said the tests could also be a way that ir­re­spon­si­ble per­sons will be held ac­count­able for pol­lut­ing the river.

“On the part sa Clenro, dili gyud namo angkunon nga ga-leak ang land­fill, be­cause we con­duct mon­i­tor­ing there ev­ery­day. We also con­ducted tests and the re­sult was that river wa­ter is well within stan­dard, so akong duda naay lain sources of pol­lu­tants,” he said.

“Du­nay un­ver­i­fied re­ports of these pol­lu­tants, and ato ning gahi­nay-hi­nayan ug in­ves­ti­gate,” he added.

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