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)