IF SOLUTIONS are not done with dispatch, water sources may dry up and Baguio may run out of water by 2025 said Mita Dimalanta at the Climate Change Consciousness Week of Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary.
Dimalanta on Thursday contributed the Baguio water situation in her presentation, Water is Wealth during the forum.
Dimalanta added the Baguio Water District has continually been unable to meet the demands of the growing population of the city and unless measures are taken to rehabilitate the watersheds, privatization of the water delivery, moratorium for water drilling or rainwater harvesting are not incorporated in the immediate future, there will be no water to speak of for Baguio City.
In the same forum, “Building a Collective Consciousness on Water and Food Security”, Sister Marvie Misolas, encouraged the participants to be informed and band together to address the situation.
Misolas said people should actively participate in discussions on water security and form a local water security team to rally government and other agencies to act on the water problems. She called the neglect of the Clean Water Act was a crime against nature.
She said Baguio should form a Water Council of groups that are into water advocacies so that an awareness of problems and solutions to the problem could be heightened.
Mel Bisnar of the Soroptimist Club also raised the issue of water toxicity affecting 10 percent of the women and children’s health, particularly at Happy Hallow. She noted the toxicity of the water in the area was rooted in World War II. She asked how the toxicity of the water source of the area could be mitigated.
Lucy Ruiz also noted that water is polluted by fertilizers and pesticides in farming communities which affect the mental health and physical health of the residents of the community.
Raynauld Shan Castro of the Baguio City National High School, representing the youth, expressed their promise to be members of the water advocacy team that was formed at the forum. He said that the youth were committed to secure their future and be part of the team that could help resolve the urgent issue of water security. (Nonnette Bennett)