Editorial: Clean water is life

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Friday, May 16, 2014

LARGE number of people in six barangays of Alamada, North Cotabato is affected by an outbreak traced to the town’s water.

Authorities suspect it as cholera, but residents are convinced that their water source has been poisoned by chemical run-off from rice fields and banana plantations.

Contaminated water supplies are the main source of cholera infection.


Farming is the main source of living of residents of Alamada.

The death of eight people rings the bell of alarm not only among the residents of the town but also of other places where there are rice fields and banana plantations.

Even before, the Interface Development Interventions (Idis) and Go Organic Mindanao (GOM) have been urging farmers for more organic rice farms as it does not use dangerous and toxic chemicals.

Idis executive director and GOM member Ann Fuertes said “organic methods rely on natural nutrients and concoctions to control pests and diseases without endangering the environment and the lives of the farmers.”

Following the incident, Alamada residents are told to boil all drinking water and avoid taking water from traditional water sources.

Local authorities also appealed for bottled drinking water to ensure safety of local residents.

Water is one of the most important substances on earth.

While water is essential for the healthy growth of farm crops and farm stock and is use in the manufacture of many products, humans need water to survive.

It is important that the water which people drink and use for other purposes is clean water -- free of germs and chemicals.

It is important to know where drinking water comes from, how it’s been treated, and if it's safe to drink.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 16, 2014.


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