Clean-up continues along Iloilo River-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A CITY-WIDE sanitation drive is ongoing along the Iloilo River as the city races to clean the entire river of polluted waste water and garbage debris.
The regular clean-up, excluding the dredging operations, has an average waste collection of 703 kilograms per month composed of floating debris and plastic bags.
The waste collection replicates the low-cost waste water treatment technologies in seven hospitals in the city to lessen water pollution in the river.
Engineer Noel Hechanova, chief of the city environment and natural resources office (Cenro), said hospitals were advised to construct their own waste water treatment facilities.
He said the practice was able to avoid some two million liters of untreated waste water drained to the Iloilo River.
“It is imperative that the city river sanitation drive be sustained as the river is the anchor of economic development in the city,” he added.
Cenro said the rate of average sedimentation in Iloilo River and Batiano River is a depth of 1.84 feet per year.
The dredging operation by the Water Master Classic IV is also ongoing at the Iloilo River by phases.
Phase I has already collected 244,970 cubic meters of silt and sediment in 2011; Phase 2 dredged 2004,000 cubic meters by January 2012; and Phase 3 collected 248,000 cubic meters by October 2012.
This year, a total of 379,987 cubic meters was collected with an operation cost of P43.79 million in 28 months.
Fish pens were removed to avoid siltation and flooding in areas including two restaurants sitting outside the legal easement allowance and relocation of informal settlers living along the riverbanks.
Derelicts, sunken water vessels, illegal structures were also removed.
Hechanova said thousands of residents in the city are dependent to the river as their source of livelihood.