DENR encourages reducing, reusing wastewater

  • March 17, 2017
  • Lilibeth A. French

ILOILO CITY, March 17 (PIA6) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources 6 (DENR 6) is reminding everyone the importance of water to life and encouraging the practice of reducing and reusing wastewater as the annual celebration of World Water Day is approaching on March 22.

Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna of DENR 6 said that the World Water Day is a unique event that reminds us of the importance of water in our daily lives.

“Right now, we may have enough water resources but what about in the next few years if we don’t know proper management of wastewater? Hence, I encourage everyone to practice reducing and reusing wastewater. This is not only for our own benefit but also for the next generation and for every living thing,” said Sampulna in a DENR press report.

This year, the World Water Day celebration highlights the importance of reducing and reusing wastewater as a valuable resource in the economy with its theme “Water and Wastewater”. It also aims to support the Sustainable Development Goal 6.3, By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”

According to DENR 6 wastewater is all the dirty water from municipal sources, schools, restaurants, commercial establishments, hospitals, farms, floodwater with feces, urine and fecal sludge and all of the possible dirty water that one can think of.  Other wastewater may contain dangerous dissolved toxins and chemicals.

Most of the wastewater comes from homes, cities, industry and agriculture that flows back to the surroundings without proper treatment or being reused. Therefore, it pollutes the environment, most especially bodies of water which eventually lose essential nutrients.

There are three types of wastewater namely Black water, Gray Water and Yellow Water.

Unlike in industrialized countries where everybody has access to safe water, in developing countries like the Philippines, only 86 percent has access.

To raise awareness and encourage local community involvement for the World Water Day 2017 celebration, DENR 6 has organized a forum, Orchestrated Clean-Up, and Tree Planting and River Clean-Up activities.

The Forum on Wastewater and Septage Management will be held on March 17 at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISATU) to be participated in by Engineering students while the Orchestrated Clean-Up will be on March 18 and the Tree Planting and River Clean-Up will be on March 22 in San Julian, Tapaz, Capiz. (JCM/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)

 


Other News

CSC issues clarificatory rule on state workers with dual citizenship
  • March 26, 2017
QUEZON CITY, March 26 -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that incumbent government employees who have dual citizenship had until last Thursday, 23 March 2017, to renounce their foreign citizenship.   CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said that, per CSC Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 23, s. 2016 issued on 15 September 2016, failure to meet the deadline for renouncing foreign citizenship by employees covered by the said policy would result in the recall of the prior approval/validation of their appointments.   Recently, the Commission issued a clarification thru MC ...Read more
Consumer confidence is generally unchanged for Q1 2017
  • March 26, 2017
MANILA, March 26 -- Consumer outlook was broadly steady for Q1 2017, with the overall confidence index (CI) decreasing slightly to  8.7 percent from 9.2 percent for Q4 2016. Despite the modest decline in the CI, consumer confidence remained positive, registering the second highest reading since the start of the nationwide survey in Q1 2007. This indicates that the optimists continued to outnumber the pessimists, but the margin was almost unchanged from that of a quarter ago. The CI is computed as the percentage of households that answered in the affirmative less the percentage of households t...Read more
QC mayor signs ordinance for the adoption of support mechanisms for SHS Program
  • March 26, 2017
QUEZON CITY, March 25 (PIA)--Mayor Herbert Bautista has signed into law an ordinance that calls for the adoption of support mechanisms in the implementation of the Senior High School Program in the city.   City Ordinance 2561-2017, calls for the establishment of an educational fund assistance program to support deserving public senior high school students.        Under the ordinance, qualified Grade 10 completers who intend to enroll in the senior high school program of the Quezon City’s partner schools under the Scholarship and Youth Development Program shall be provided ...Read more
PRO 10 condemns NPA on their recent atrocities
  • March 26, 2017
CAMP Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City, March 26 – Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 condemns in strongest terms the hostile action of the New People’s Army (NPA) of burning the heavy equipment of Del Monte plantation sites in Northern Mindanao—Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental provinces—since January 2017 up to the present.   PCSupt Agripino G Javier, PRO 10 director said this is a clear indication of the armed rebel’s sustained violation of human rights to earn a living and live peacefully.   PRO 10 declared full alert status effective March 24 as the NPA will celebrate its 48th...Read more