LOOK: Portable filtration system turns murky water to safe drinking water for quake victims

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 04 2019 09:40 AM

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KIDAPAWAN CITY — With the local water districts’ pipes and water sources damaged and deemed unusable by landslides, earthquake survivors in this city and nearby towns are left without a steady water supply.

Many rely on roving water tankers, some coming from other provinces in Mindanao.

To help address this problem, Red Cross sent its portable water filtration system to Kidapawan City to turn murky river water into drinking water.

“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,” Red Cross personnel Jenny Fe Estor said.

Red Cross is using a portable water filtration system to convert river water into drinking water for residents affected by the series of quakes in Kidapawan City and the rest of Cotabato. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The same water filtration system was the used during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda and during the Marawi siege.

Estor explained that the water from the river undergoes a five-stage filtration and purification process.

Red Cross is using a portable water filtration system to convert river water into drinking water for residents affected by the series of quakes in Kidapawan City and the rest of Cotabato. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

During the first two stages, dirt is filtered and removed from the water. It then passes through a sand filter and then a charcoal filter to get rid of more dirt and the smell. Finally, a small amount of chlorine is injected to disinfect the water.

Estor said the process is similar to those used by water districts sourcing water from rivers and springs.

“We’re asking the water district to test our water,” she said, adding that it will also go through the city health office.

Red Cross is using a portable water filtration system to convert river water into drinking water for residents affected by the series of quakes in Kidapawan City and the rest of Cotabato. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Red Cross is hoping to get the water district’s go signal on Monday so they can start distributing the water to affected residents.

The Metro Kidapawan Water District earlier told ABS-CBN that it will take a few months for the water supply to normalize in Kidapawan City and other municipalities like Makilala.

Red Cross is using a portable water filtration system to convert river water into drinking water for residents affected by the series of quakes in Kidapawan City and the rest of Cotabato. Photo by Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News