Filipinos have more than enough of water to drown in but, alas, not a drop for drinking in some areas.
The reason: Much of it is polluted, or simply, the Philippines does not have the infrastructure to impound, treat and distribute it to households, according to an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Vicente Tuddao Jr., the executive director of the DENR’s River Basin Control Office, on Tuesday said Filipinos have so much water around them thanks to an abundant groundwater supply, various inland water bodies and regular rains. But it is not being used in the most efficient manner.
At a press briefing to mark World Water Day on Thursday, Tuddao said the Philippines had 160 billion liters of water available but only 28 percent of that was being used by Filipinos for domestic purposes.
The rest is unfit for drinking and is used for agricultural and industrial purposes.
“We are still at the lower end compared to other Asians. There is a lot of surplus. But our water is polluted,” Tuddao said.