DENR classifies 21 more water bodies

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has classified 21 new water bodies, including four rivers and lakes, that have been identified as potential sources of potable water in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.

DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said the Philippines now has a total of 691 classified waters.

The Lake Danao in Ormoc City, upper reaches of Paypayan, Langaran rivers in Misamis Occidental, and Lake Lanao in Lanao del Sur have been recently categorized as "Class A" or whose waters require complete treatment to meet national standards of drinking water.

Paje added that 17 other fresh surface and marine waters have also been distinguished.

Classified as "Class B," which refers to waters safe for primary contact recreation or tourism purposes like bathing, swimming and skin diving, among others, were the Bancal River in Zambales and the upper reach of Carigara River in Leyte.

Identified as "Class C" or safe for propagation of fish, recreation and post-treatment manufacturing processes, were: the Linao River in Cagayan; Lamunan or Hinay-an River System in Iloilo; Anilao River, Pagbanganan River and lower reach of Carigara River, all in Leyte; and the lower reaches of Paypayan and Langaran Rivers; Kematu and Sefali Rivers in South Cotabato; and upper reach of Guiahao-an River in Agusan del Norte.

The Guiahao-an River, meanwhile, was classified as "Class D," whose waters can source for agriculture, irrigation and limited use for industrial water supply.

For marine waters, under "Class SA," or those suitable for commercial propagation and harvesting of shellfishes are coastal waters of the villages of Dalipe and Madraca in San Jose, Iloilo; and waters three kilometers beyond the Toledo-Balamban shoreline in Toledo City, Cebu.

The environment chief said the classification helps water managers and planners to develop proper water quality management programs and to provide standards to protect aquatic life and human use of specific water bodies. (Sunnex)

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