P3.7-M Potable Water Project To Benefit Farmers Of Sta. Barbara, Cagayan

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dar web news pix 1 feb. 12 2014 400The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over a P3.7 million worth of potable water system (PWS) providing clean and safe drinking water to 1,458 residents from 216 households in Sta. Barbara agrarian reform community (ARC) in Iguig, Cagayan.

The completed potable water system consists of an elevated steel tank with a water capacity of 22 cubic meters, 1.845 linear meters distribution lines and 150 linear meters deep well and a 7.5 horsepower submersible pump.

DAR Regional Director Marjorie Ayson said the PWS which was implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project would provide the community with clean and safe drinking water.

dar web news pix 2 feb 12 2014 400“Prior to the PWS project of DAR, most of the residents of the Santa Barbara ARC have inadequate access to potable water and are constrained to use sources of water that are often contaminated with disease-carrying organisms. Some sources [of water] has high levels of toxins which often caused acute and chronic illnesses to the residents of Sta. Barbara,” said Ayson.

Studies made by DAR show that deaths occur from diarrhea in children under 5 years old. This is aggravated by malnutrition which can decrease the children's resistance to infections, including water-related diarrheal diseases.

“DAR’s provision of potable water project is aimed at reducing water-borne diseases in the community, in addition to providing water for backyard livelihood opportunities such as vegetable production and other similar activities,” said Ayson.