By Andrea Aro
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) helped in addressing the water problem in Kidapawan City by providing a portable water filtration system.
After water pipes and other water sources were damaged by the earthquake that jolted parts of Cotobato recently, water supply became a problem for the residents.
To help alleviate the water problem, PRC sent a portable water filtration system in Kidapawan city to convert river water into drinking water.
PRC personnel Jenny Fe Estor told ABS-CBN News: “Other residents end up buying expensive drinking water but if we can produce clean and potable water that we can provide (for free) to the community then why not use it.”
The water from the river will go through the five stages of filtration and purification process.
Estor added that it was a similar process used by the local water district sourcing water from the rivers and springs.
According to Estor the water filtration system was also used in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda and during the Marawi siege.
The water district will still check if the water would be safe for drinking.
In a report from ABS-CBN news, the Metro Kidapawan Water District said it will take a few months for the water supply to normalize in Kidapawan City and other municipalities like Makilala.