Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Waterloo

One would think that the Philippines, being an archipelagic country with a coastline longer than the continental United States, would not have problems with its potable water supply. But this isn't the case. In a study done by the Asian Development Bank in 2005, Manila's poor spent up to 20% of their income on water peddled by private companies. I really have no idea if this is the case elsewhere in the country but traveling around, it is sometimes exasperating to not trust the tap water for drinking. I'm not normally cautious with drinking tap water but having experienced severe diarrhea (or was it poisoning?) after drinking water in Silay taught me to be more wary.

8 comments:

tawidtayo said...

hi po..great blog..the composition are awesome..two thumbs up..

the donG said...

i think this issue is covered by almost all the major cities.

i believe that more and more people buy mineral or filtered water because even in basilan, majority of the people there already buy this. but on the rural areas, they still boil water for drinking.

lagal[og] said...

tawidtayo, salamat. will link up with you :-D

dom, i think back to the olden days when one can really drink the water from the faucet and not think of getting sick. i think those days are all in the past na.

Ferdz said...

I agree na ngayong, it's hard to drink tap water in Manila. Especially with the condition of our pipes. Katakot. Kaya safe bet na rin ang Mineral water. Gastos din sa gas pakulo tubig.

lagal[og] said...

wulfriend, we used to boil our water sa house until mineral and distilled water stations became the norm. mas mura pa nga bumili ng tubig from these places than spending on lpg or electricity to boil water. i just never imagined that quite a big chunk of our income goes to buying water which used to be very cheap or for all intents and purposes, free.

Sidney said...

Nice pictures!

aquamarine said...

an eye-opener..good job!..
in our province,we used to get water from springs found at the foot of the mountain..it has kinda sweet taste,masarap! medyo malayo lng kasi kaya bumibili na rin ng tubig.and sometimes,you can't help but worry bka kung anu-ano ng pinag-gagawa dun esp its open..

lagal[og] said...

thanks sidney. i guess those will do for the meantime that i can't do a full post on borongan. glad you liked them.

aquamarine, i used to recall a time when one can safely drink the water from the tap. now, we really have to be doubly sure kaya nga i guess water refilling stations are here to stay.

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