Issue of November 4, 2018

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Buguias LGU orders semestral lab tests of water suppliers
by Ofelia C. Empian

Buguias, Benguet mandates all waterworks system in the municipality to undergo laboratory testing to make sure that the water they are delivering is safe.

The sangguniang bayan passed an ordinance that wants the waterworks system providers to be laboratory-tested every semester.

“There is a need to prevent if not to stop, the spread of water-borne diseases in the municipality,” the ordinance stated.

The ordinance requires waterworks associations to collect water samples from their water sources every six months to be tested by accredited laboratory clinics. The associations will shoulder the laboratory fees. Irrigation projects are exempted.

If the water samples are found to have bacteria such as the Escherichia coli, the waterworks association officers and their respective barangay officials shall immediately report to the Municipal or Provincial Health Office personnel for appropriate action.

The Municipal Health Office (MHO) will be responsible in providing the chlorine or other substances to be used in treating the bacteria. The MHO shall assist the various waterworks association officers and barangay officials in treating their water sources.

“Laboratory test results shall be submitted by the waterworks association officers to the MHO every six months,” the ordinance stated.

The ordinance is authored by councilors Pepito Bay-an, Esto Agayco, and Ireneo Calwag.

Waterworks association officers who violate the ordinance will be fined P500 on first offense; P750 on second offense; and P1,000 on third offense.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Benguet gave a favorable review on the ordinance.

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