Friday, December 06, 2019

LPCC Headed a Water Refilling Station Inspection in Iligan City

(Monday25th day of November 2019)

 

Iligan City – The City Health Office (CHO), a member of the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Iligan, led the water refilling station (WRS) inspection all over Iligan City on November 21 and 22.

Iligan has approximately 100 water refilling stations all over the city. On November 21, forty-eight (48) water refilling stations were inspected, it was found out that among the 48, forty (40) are non-compliant; these water refilling stations lack permits. Permits include sanitary/physical examination, bacteriology tests, Personal protective equipment or PPE (proper PPE’s include: boots, mask, gloves, apron), etc. and only thirty-three (33) of those stations have business permits. On November 22, thirty-six (36) WRS were inspected, twenty-eight (28) were non-compliant, and twenty-eight have business permits.

Over-All Summary

TOTAL NO. OF WRS MONITORED 84
TOTAL NO. OF WRS WITH BUSINESS PERMITS 61
NON COMPLIANT 68
COMPLIANT 16
COMPLIANCE RATE 19%

 

One of the essential factors that these water refilling stations need to pass is the bacteriological testing. Bacteriological water analysis is a method of analyzing water to estimate the numbers of bacteria present and, if needed, to find out what sort of bacteria they are. It represents one aspect of water quality. It is a microbiological analytical procedure that uses samples of water and from these samples determines the concentration of bacteria. It is then possible to draw inferences about the suitability of the water for use from these concentrations. This process is used, for example, to routinely confirm that water is safe for human consumption or that bathing and recreational waters are safe to use. In the setting of standards, agencies make political and technical/scientific decisions about how the water will be used. In the case of natural water bodies, they also make some reasonable estimates of pristine conditions. Natural water bodies will vary in response to environmental conditions. Environmental scientists work to understand how these systems function, which in turn helps to identify the sources and fates of contaminants. Environmental lawyers and policymakers work to define legislation with the intention that water is maintained at an appropriate quality for its identified use (which, in this case is for drinking). The vast majority of surface water on the Earth is neither potable nor toxic. Another general perception of water quality is that of a simple property that tells whether water is polluted or not. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteriological_water_analysis).

Another factor these WRS should have is PPE. The PPE is equipment that will protect workers against health or safety risks on the job. The purpose is to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective to reduce these risks to acceptable levels. (http://results-staffing.com/index.php/importance-personal-protective-equipment/) It is also important to prevent contamination such as hair, nails, dead skin, etc.

The non-compliant WRS were warned and will be summoned to the CHO. They will be given time to comply with the requirements and meet standards for a certain duration and they will be re-examined, WRS who won’t comply with the requirements after the given time will be up for closure.

The water from these refilling stations is mainly for ingestion and it is of great importance that we are ingesting clean and potable water only. The LGU Iligan, together with CHO and DTI and other supporting agencies make sure that standards are met ensuring the safety of the community.

 

– Kristoff S. /CIO-Web

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