EDITORIAL| Clean rivers and life

THERE is nothing more precious to man’s existence than having clean drinking water which unfortunately is rapidly depleting if nothing is done to reverse the trend. Drinking water comes from one of two sources: ground water or surface water. In the city, our main drinking water sources come from the Talomo watershed which may no longer be sustainable in the coming years with the increasing demand in consonance with development and population.

Watershed protection has become an urgent concern across the world. Even if the world is mostly composed of water, only a small portion is potable. The rivers which supply most of the drinking water are not properly cared for and are not kept from pollutants which come from human activities and waste, and from industrial effluents.

The Talomo river is the source of water for Hedcor’s hydropower facility with a combined installed capacity of 4.47 MWs. Hedcor, an Aboitiz Power company, has generated energy from run-of-river hydropower systems and supplies the country with 185 MW of clean and renewable energy. Its effort to protect and rehabilitate the river involves adopting a four-kilometer stretch by planting trees along the banks, conducting clean-up drive activities and information drive in the community on the importance of riverbank stabilization and protection.

The community living along the river has a special role to play in protecting our source of potable water. As the city expands and develops, our natural resources will be strained to its fullest capacity and may cause its depletion. Protection of our rivers is now an urgent and present concern for the survival of the next generation.

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