2016-2019: Unsafe Drinking Water

Access to safe drinking-water is essential to health, a basic human right and a component of effective policy for health protection. The importance of water, sanitation and hygiene for health and development has been reflected in the outcomes of a series of international policy forums. It is important as a health and development issue at a national, regional and local level. In the Philippines, 92% has access to clean water from 2011-2015 according to WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water. In some regions, it has been shown that investments in water supply and sanitation can yield a net economic benefit, since the reductions in adverse health effects and health care costs outweigh the costs of undertaking the interventions. This is true for major water supply infrastructure investments through to water treatment in the home. Experience has also shown that interventions in improving access to safe water favor the poor in particular, whether in rural or urban areas, and can be an effective part of poverty alleviation strategies.

In Barangay Venus, Municipality of Sergio, OsmeƱa, Sr., access to clean and potable water is a problem people face each day. Various factors contribute to this such as lack of knowledge on the water purification methods; poor water purification practices; unclean water source from point source and water tank reservoirs; and poor maintenance of water tank reservoirs.

Based on the secondary data, two out of three drinking water sources failed the microbiological test standards in January 2016. From the survey we gathered last April 2016, only eight percent (14%) or 42 out of 294 households practice method of water purification for drinking. Most of them get their drinking water directly from the water faucet believing that their water source is clean. Although diarrhea is the fifth cause of morbidity in the community for the year 2015, the community people do not attribute this to their drinking water.

The main aim of the comprehensive health plan is to provide safe drinking water to all the community residents. With this, the team is empowering the adult population of the barangay to be knowledgeable about the risks involved in having poor water sanitation and help them be aware of the importance and benefits of keeping the water sources of their community clean as well as equipping them with skills on the different water purification techniques. And later on improve their water purification practices.

To promote self-reliance in the community, officials who are responsible for the Barangay water supply were assigned on the monitoring of the water potability status. A core group called Water Safety Monitoring Team was formed to assure the cleanliness of the 3 tanks supplying water to the Barangay. Written guidelines about the duties and responsibilities of the core group were made in collaboration with the Barangay officials and other key personnel in the community. Lectures on proper water purification and effects of drinking unsafe or untested water were conducted to the community people. Introduction of the Solar Disinfection (SODIS), boiling and chlorination as water purification techniques was given to the community people. 

The team launch an information and education campaign called W.T.R. or Water Treatment. This WTR was composed with series of lectures on different water purification techniques, distribution of fliers to every households, posting of posters on strategic places, procurement of hypochlorite solutions and chlorine granules that were distributed to community residents and construction of readily functional solar disinfection stations. The creation of “SODIS Station” was discussed with the community people and officials and this projects aimed to provide each “purok” with a place to practice Solar Disinfection as a water purification method of their choice. The choice of water purification technique of each household will depend on their interest and suitable to them. The team, together with the Barangay Water Safety Monitoring team also conducted an “Oplan Linis Tangke” Day. Water tank reservoirs were cleaned and chlorinated to ensure delivery of safe drinking water to the residents. A Barangay ordinance establishing   the Venus W.T.R. (Water Treatment Regime) Program was passed to ensure sustainability of delivery of safe drinking water to the community residents. This ordinance contains annual lecture on different water purification techniques, monitoring of the practices of community residents, bi-annual water tank reservoirs cleaning and chlorination and submission of water samples for water analysis. 

With the continuous efforts and cooperation of the people involved in the project, target of increasing the household practicing water purification techniques reached 100% already.





We are nine (9) passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented medical students with diverse personalities who came together to achieve one goal. We are an all-scholar group with the intention to serve God and His people. For the next four years in the medical school, we have a vision to help the people in the community to become self-reliant. Through community participation and cooperation, everything can be achieved. We choose to serve the community. We choose to serve Venus. | web counter hits


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