Sum­mer means con­serv­ing wa­ter

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The sum­mer sea­son has fi­nally ar­rived, and this only means one thing— we have to en­dure the scorch­ing heat of the sun. While a lot of peo­ple look for­ward to this dry sea­son to en­joy their much awaited va­ca­tion and fam­ily trips, this also ush­ers in one of the press­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns that is con­fronting us now and that is the loom­ing drought and short­age of wa­ter sup­ply.

As of March 10, alarm­ing re­ports show that the wa­ter level in La Mesa

Dam, a ma­jor source of wa­ter for

Metro Manila, was recorded at 69.02 me­ters in the morn­ing, close to its crit­i­cal level of 69.

At 4 p.m., the level dropped to 68.93.

Thus, all of us need to do our part and join an ur­gent con­sol­i­dated ef­fort to con­serve wa­ter.

Here are some tips on how we can help save wa­ter:

Avoid tak­ing long show­ers.

As much as pos­si­ble, we can take a bath once a day, and make sure that we can help con­serve wa­ter by us­ing pail and dip­per in­stead of us­ing the shower. At the same time, we can also con­sider us­ing or­ganic sham­poo and soap to be more en­vi­ron­ment-friendly.

Re­use wa­ter from wash­ing clothes.

Af­ter ev­ery laun­dry ses­sion, wa­ter used for wash­ing clothes can be used for sev­eral other pur­poses such as wash­ing cars, wa­ter­ing plants, and clean­ing other out­door equip­ment. In the same man­ner, less­en­ing the use of harm­ful de­ter­gents and fab­ric con­di­tion­ers can also con­trib­ute to the ad­vo­cacy of wa­ter con­ser­va­tion.

Turn off faucet while brush­ing your teeth.

Use a glass of wa­ter when brush­ing your teeth. Make sure to avoid mak­ing wa­ter con­tin­u­ously flow­ing by turn­ing it off prop­erly.

Avoid us­ing run­ning wa­ter hose when wa­ter­ing plants.

When wa­ter­ing plants, it is ideal to use pail of wa­ter in­stead of wa­ter hoses. You can also wa­ter plants ev­ery other day in­stead of do­ing it ev­ery day.

Fix leaks.

Al­ways check your monthly wa­ter con­sump­tion. If you no­tice a big in­crease in your wa­ter bill, then there are pos­si­bil­i­ties that there are some leaks that need to be fixed.

Wa­ter is one of our ba­sic needs, and the lack of it will def­i­nitely af­fect our health and day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties. It is cer­tainly our re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure that we use it prop­erly and dili­gently. At the same time, we should teach our kids how to con­trib­ute to wa­ter con­ser­va­tion as early as pos­si­ble. We have to start them young, and now is in­deed the per­fect time to do that.

PHILIP­PINE Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) Direc­tor Gen­eral Aaron Aquino last week said his agency had yet to re-val­i­date the gov­ern­ment’s nar­col­ist, a sup­posed ros­ter of politi­cians linked to the il­le­gal drug trade.

If re­leased, this will be the third pub­lic roll of names; the first one con­tained a num­ber of dead peo­ple. The Aug. 7, 2016 list of 207 names in­cluded those of five may­ors who had long been buried six feet un­der­ground. The April 30, 2018 list was pub­li­cized weeks be­fore the May barangay elec­tions.

Gov­ern­ment was clear about its mo­tive, which is to warn the pub­lic by iden­ti­fy­ing can­di­dates who should not be elected sup­pos­edly for their in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drugs.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte green-lighted the re­lease of the third list of 100 names be­fore the elec­tions

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