World Water Day is celebrated worldwide on 22 March of every year to remind us the importance of freshwater
and to advocate sustainable management of freshwater resources. Water has to be carefully managed during
every part of the water cycle: from fresh water abstraction, pre-treatment, distribution, use, collection
and post-treatment, to the use of treated wastewater and its ultimate return to the environment, ready to be
abstracted to start the cycle again.
This year’s celebration highlights “wastewater” - about reducing and reusing wastewater.
The discharge of wastewater into the environment poses serious threat. Wastewater when discharged to our water
bodies without being treated can cause water pollution which is in turn harmful to aquatic life. When
discharged on lands, it can leach into ground water tables and potentially contaminate aquifers and groundwater.
In the Philippines, a series of activities and events were held for a month-long celebration of the World Water Day.
One of these activities was an Exhibit - a gallery of posters on initiatives of various offices and organizations
to address the issue of wastewater management. The Exhibit, which was organized by the River Basin Control Office
of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, was at the lobby of Market Market on 15 March 2017.
One of the initiatives in the exhibit was the Green Filters Project of the Society for the
Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc.
The 3rd World Water Day Awards Ceremonies was held on 22 March 2017 at the Quezon City Sports Club. Fourteen water
champions who made a difference in the area of water access and environmental sustainability were given recognition
by Maynilad Water Services and National Water Resources Board.
On the 30th of March 2017, a Learning Visit to the Green Village was organized by the Society for the Conservation of
Philippine Wetlands (SCPW), Philippine Water Partnership and Life Project fo the Youth (LP4Y - Philippines).
Featured in the visit was The Green Filters Project of SCPW - A Pilot Implementation of Constructed
Wetland System for Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in the Green Village.
The Green Village in Calauan, Laguna is a village that will be the Training Center of LP4Y - Philippines for the social and professional integration of young adults in extreme poverty and exclusion.
The Green Filters Project of the Society for the Conservation of
Philippine Wetlands was one of the intiatives featured at the exhibit.
As an unconventional system for wastewater treatment, the
Green Filter System does not depend on electricity or chemical inputs, which makes it economically and environmentally
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