Fifty-five people in the Philippines die daily from water-borne diseases, caused by a lack of clean water, while more than 20 million Filipinos cannot access sanitation and sewage facilities. According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, only 10 per cent of the population is connected to sewage systems.
The Pasig River, which runs through the capital city, Manila, was declared biologically dead in the ’90s. Waste dumped from shanty-towns on the banks clogs up the river. During the rainy season, residents face constant flooding and potentially deadly diseases. To ensure their health, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission has taken on the daunting task of clearing the river up. More than ever, Manila is facing a tide of demand for clean water and proper sewage control, as many of its residents want the same water access as their neighbours.
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