Friday, May 29, 2020

Iligan Celebrates Water Conservation Month 2020

(Wednesday11th day of March 2020)

 

Iligan City –Iligan is celebrating Water Conservation Month 2020 with the theme “Water and Climate Change” as announced by Engr. Christine Milagros A. Orbe, City Department Head II, Iligan City Waterworks System (ICWS) at the city hall flag-raising ceremony at the Buhanginan Hills, Pala-o, Iligan City on March 9.

“Water is life,” Engr. Orbe opened her speech. “Water scarcity is not only on the news; it is already on our doorsteps. Now, Abaga II water levels are dropping starting last year, Abaga II serves 50% of our households in Iligan. 50% ang mawad-an ug tubig kung mawad-an ug tubig ang Abaga II (50% would lose water supply if Abaga II would dry up) by the end of the year, unless we do something about it, I will leave that to your imagination,” she added.

The whole ICWS with the LGU-Iligan, are promoting water conservation in the whole city. Water conservation includes all the policies, strategies and activities to sustainably manage the natural resource of freshwater, to protect the hydrosphere, and to meet the current and future human demand. The ever-growing population, expanding household size and growth and affluence all affect how much water is being consumed and exploited. Factors such as climate change have increased pressure on natural water resources, especially in manufacturing and agricultural irrigation.

The world is heading towards a water crisis due to the excessive and uneconomical use of water by the large human population. Human beings waste tons of water while brushing teeth, bathing, washing clothes, vehicles, and utensils, etc. Overuse of water has led to a decrease in the supply of water available for human use. Polluting water, deforestation and overpopulation have also disturbed the water cycle which, in turn, the annual rainfall varies in different parts of our country. If efforts are not made for managing and saving water, we are going to have an acute water crisis. (www.toppr.com/guides/science/water/conservation-of-water/)

Ninety-seven percent of all water on the earth is saltwater, which is not suitable for drinking. Only 3% of the water on Earth is freshwater, and only 0.5% is available for drinking. The other 2.5% of freshwater is locked in ice caps, glaciers, the atmosphere, soil, or under the earth’s surface, or is too polluted for consumption. With growing population rates and such a small percentage of all the water on Earth fit for consumption, it only makes sense that we must preserve and conserve this precious resource.

Water conservation means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly. Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe for generations to come. That means we do not have an endless amount of water. In other words, water conservation is not a job that is reserved for scientists, hydrologists, foresters, wildlife managers, city planners, farmers, or mine owners. Instead, it is up to every one of us to conserve water. (www.thebalancesmb.com/conservation-efforts-why-should-we-save-water-3157877)

Let’s all be reminded that our available water supply is finite and let’s not wait for our potable water supply to run dry. A thought to ponder; the human body can survive three weeks without food but could only last three days without water.

 

– Kristoff S. /CIO-Web

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