World Water Day: Water Assurance, Food Assurance
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World Water Day: Water Assurance, Food Assurance

The United NationsÂ’ World Water day designates March 22 each year as the day of the year that highlight tha global safe water and sanitation issue and the collective efforts underway to get solutions to those in need. Events are organized around the day to increase awareness of the importance of water in environment, agriculture and health. The Philippines have more than enough water to drown in but in some areas, there is not a drop to drink. Pollution is one reason or the government has no infrastructure to stored, treat and distributes safe water to households, according to an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.(DENR)

WORLD WATER DAY: WATER ASSURANCE, FOOD ASSURANCE

The United NationsÂ’ World Water day designates March 22 each year as the day of the year that highlight tha global safe water and sanitation issue and the collective efforts underway to get solutions to those in need. Events are organized around the day to increase awareness of the importance of water in environment, agriculture and health.

The Philippines have more than enough water to drown in but in some areas, there is not a drop to drink. Pollution is one reason or the government has no infrastructure to stored, treat and distributes safe water to households, according to an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.(DENR)

The executive director of the DENRÂ’s River Basin Office, Mr. Vicente Tuddao Jr. said that the Philippines have so much water around with the abundant supply of groundwater, inland bodies of water and the rains, but it not being used in the utmost level.

A meeting in accordance to mark the World Water Day on March 22, Tuddao reported that the country had 160 billions of liters of water available but only around 28% of that said amount is utilized by Filipinos for domestic purposes.

The remaining balance is not fit foe drinking and is used for agricultural and industrial purposes. He further explained that, there is a lot of surplus and the country is still at the lower end compared to other Asian countries.

Water Distribution

Urban areas nationwide suffer water rationing because of pollution, stripping city residents of the precious resource. The Metro Manila Region alone with big cities can boast respective bodies of water but none of these supplies the cities with safe drinking water and residents are still polluting our rivers. Same as the Pasig River and Laguna Lake are polluted.

Director Tuddao said that the metropolis, which depends on river basins in Central Luzon for its water supply, had to enforce water rationing in some areas specially this hot summer months.

Image One - Flood Water, Manila, Philippines

Floodwater

Make use of floodwater is neglected because of the lack of infrastructure to save this resources. Tuddao noted that in other countries like Singapore, were catching and storing floodwaters in underground basins to be used during the dry season for agriculture and industrial use.

Compared to other countries, the Philippines is in a single situation when it comes to its abundant water resources according to the United Nations. UN reported that by 2025, 1.8 billion approximately will be living in countries clasped by scarcity of water and 2/3s of the worldÂ’s population could be facing a water famine.

Water Drop Formation

To celebrate World Water Day in the Philippines, personnel from DENR and other local agencies will assemble to form into a shape of a giant water drop in Manila, at Quirino Grandstand. This would be an attempt to set a world record of the biggest water drop formation with hundreds of participants to join on the event.

The highlight of this yearÂ’s activities would focus on the increasing awareness that water is important, very important that we need to conserve water resources. It is not that we need water to drink, for bathing and cleaning but water is essential to our life because it is an important component of the food we eat.

Image Two - Cagayan Valley River

Food Supply Chain

Water is essential because it is very much incorporated in the food supply chain, whether in irrigation, fisheries or producing feeds for our livestock. According to DENR, the Philippines river basins are adequate enough to supply irrigation to its crop lands. However, it needs to build infrastructures, such as water storages and efficient irrigation systems, to make sure water goes to the farmlands with less waste.

Our very own Cagayan Valey river system is good but not quite efficient compared to that fertile area in Cambodia and Vietnam where rice is grown. It needs to be rehabilitated.

Some confluents of the river system, which feed 2.5 million hectares of farmlands, are polluted. This results in water waste and floods during the rainy season.

Reference:

Philippine Daily Inquirer – March 21, 2012

Primary Image Source: http://wwsdonline.com/uploads/images/Pictures%20/water-conservation-small%20image.jpg

Image One: http://www.infiniteunknown.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/philippines-manila-flood.jpeg

Image Two: http://www.dpwh.gov.ph/infrastructure/JICA2/PAGES/..%5Cimages%5CLower%20Cagayan%20from%20Air%5CFeasPic.JPG

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Comments (15)

Water is so valuable we need to treat it better and stop polluting it. I live near a lake and many lakefront property owners pollute the lake with chemicals they put on their lawns.

A good reminder for us to conserve water. Good article.

Interesting details on Philippines water-ways. thank you dear brother Ron. Thanks for your support.

Happy Water Day!  I can't imagine living without water...we do need to recognize this day, every day!

A great post! water is so precious. An excellent reminder for all of us. Bravo, my friend!

Great piece on World Water Day..recommended.

 

I've not heard of this... Interesting post, thanks. ; )

I've not heard of this... Interesting post, thanks. ; )

I've not heard of this... Interesting post, thanks. ; )

I've not heard of this... Interesting post, thanks. ; )

Many people, especially in the west, have the luxery of taking fresh drinking water for granted when in fact it is a precious resource. I too hadn't heard that it was World Water Day today, so thank you for making me aware Ron.  

Also tweeted, lets spread the word.

Thanks everyone for the thoughts-appreciated.

My neighbor up the road is from India, and he likes to remind everyone about World Water day. Depending upon where people live, they tend to take water for granted.

Ron, you have done it again.  Excellent work.

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