To promote health in the community, sufficient and accessible water supply should be available in the community. But if this is not possible, household water should be properly handled from the source to use in order to ensure potable drinking water for each household. Water handling practices involve source improvement and risk reduction, clean water storage and, proper water treatment methods.
Source improvement and risk reduction can be done either by making the water source protected. Source improvement can be done by fulfilling the criteria of World Health Organization of Improved water sources. Low risk water sources can be done by decreasing the chances of contamination in the source level. Open water sources fully enclosed or capped. Distance between the latrines and the water sources must be far away as possible and not on a higher ground. Maintenance of the water source must not be stagnant water within 5 meters of the water source. Resources used to collect water from sources must also be kept clean as possible. Clean water storage and proper water treatment method can be done with correct and consistent practice and available and clean resources.
Activities during the recent community immersion include:
· “Agianan sa Tubig na Limpyo” is a community assembly where representative of each households were taught about possible ways of water contamination and methods of its prevention. The assembly was done last April 2015, and now, undergoing its monitoring and evaluation.
· “Ayaw ng Hugaw ng Goaw” is a community engagement to encourage action to protect water sources.
At this time, 58% of households have access potable drinking water through proper water handling practices. Most of the households either fail to secure the protection of their water source or incorrect water storage or treatment methods. Another community assembly will be done in order to further increase the number of households with potable drinking water.