The Water System Project in Green Island, Roxas is almost complete
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A proper water system must be established in every community. Water plays a major role in our everyday lives and it is important that is clean and safe. As the population rises, the demand and needs in every community also increase. One of the major problems in the country is the shortage of clean water.

Waters can be contaminated by human or animal waste or could spread human diseases and this will affect our healths. Way back in 1905, the Cholera outbreak was responsible for the deaths of 109,461 Filipinos’ and it had a total of 166,252 reported cases during the time.

According to World Health Organization, “Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Cholera remains a global threat to public health and is an indicator of inequity and lack of social development. Researchers have estimated that every year, there are 1.3 to 4.0 million cases of cholera, and 21 000 to 143 000 deaths worldwide due to the infection.”

Aside from Cholera, waterborne diseases include typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A. To avoid these diseases to spread, the Department of Health (DOH) has reminded the public to use clean and has released guidelines for water safety.

The residents in Green Island, Roxas have been facing problems with unsafe and unclean water. Surrounded by saltwater and approximately 10 kilometers away from the mainland of the municipality, which makes their situation at worst.

To answer their needs, a water system project under the Province-wide Water Infrastructure Office and Provincial Economic Enterprise and Development Office (PEEDO) from the Provincial Government with the help of Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez it was established. This will help them to have reliable potable water through the reverse osmosis method.

The Reverse Osmosis works by using a high-pressure pump to increase the pressure on the salt side of the RO and force the water across the semi-permeable RO membrane, leaving almost all (around 95% to 99%) of dissolved salts behind in the reject stream and a special type of filtration that uses a semi-permeable, a thin membrane with pores that are small enough to pass the pure water through while rejecting larger molecules such as dissolved salts (ions) and other impurities such as bacteria.

The Reverse Osmosis Water Station will produce high-quality potable water that will be distributed to the 300 residents in Barangay Tumarbong, Green Island. The project started last year in April 2020 and has a P8 million. It is expected to operate in the same month in 2021.

The Water Infrastructure Development I-Support Office managed the technical aspects in the Hydrological Studies, Feasibility Studies, Engineering Design, Drawings and Environmental Impact Assessment, Fund Sourcing, Procurement, Construction Supervision, Commissioning, and others.

References

doh.gov.ph
cdc.gov.ph
who.int
palawan-news.com


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