Manila Bulletin

Cavite takes ac­tion against wa­ter pol­lu­tion

- AN­THONY GIRON Disasters · Ecology · Trece Martires City · Al Anbar Governorate · Rosario · United States Fish and Wildlife Service

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TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – Lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties in this city have started ef­forts to clean rivers in the low­land and up­land dis­tricts of the prov­ince fol­low­ing re­ports that some trib­u­taries are con­tam­i­nated by waste and toxic chem­i­cals.

En­gi­neer Rolinio P. Pozas, head of the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment-En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (PG-ENRO), con­firmed that river wa­ter clean-up was in­ten­si­fied this year.

River dredg­ing and clear­ing op­er­a­tions were re­launched in Ba­coor Dis­trict in Jan­uary as a course of ac­tion against floods and pol­lu­tion in the area.

Dur­ing the launch, waste traps were in­stalled along wa­ter­ways bound­ing sev­eral barangays (vil­lages) in the dis­trict.

One of the no­table pieces of ev­i­dence of wa­ter pol­lu­tion in the prov­ince were the “fish kills” in Rosario mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 2014 and 2015.

Ini­tial find­ings showed that hu­man waste, toxic waste, and lack of wa­ter oxy­gen as the causes of the “fish kills” in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Some fac­to­ries and res­i­den­tial houses along the river, among oth­ers, were sus­pected to be main sources of pol­lu­tants.

The Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice, Ex­port Pro­cess­ing Zone Author­ity, and the Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources con­ducted sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions but have yet to re­veal the ex­act pol­lu­tion source un­til this day.

In an in­ter­view on Fri­day (Feb. 10), Pozas con­firmed that the waters in one river in the prov­ince was found to have co­l­iform bac­te­ria and that he sus­pected that a sewage be­ing placed be­side the river­side as the main “cul­prit.”

The PG-ENRO chief said mon­i­tor­ing, wa­ter test­ing and treat­ment are be­ing con­ducted reg­u­larly every year. He also said more wa­ter­way mea­sures, in­clud­ing the trash trap in­stal­la­tion, will also be im­ple­mented start­ing 2017.

In the same in­ter­view, Pozas also said not all tap wa­ter in the prov­ince are safe for drink­ing. He said it would be best to boil the tap wa­ter first prior to drink­ing.

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