For some of us, satisfying our thirst with clean and safe drinking water is as simple as filling a glass from a faucet or a water dispenser. This is not the case for most people living in the rural barangays of Cagayan de Oro, where access to a safe drinking water is no longer as simple as it used to be.
Among these barangays is Tuburan, one among the eighty Cagayan de Oro City communities. The barangay is located about kilometers southwest of the city center.
The community stated that the increasing water stress was due to mismanagement of their water sources. Among their expressed examples of mismanagement was the rampant mining activities in the past years. Mining, they said, posed a threat to a clean water supply in the upland barangays, especially among the children. The deterioration in water quality continued over the years. In 2015, the variations and extremes in the weather patterns further diminished the quantity of their supply.
Fortunately, no major cases of waterborne diseases have been reported so far. Nevertheless some families, particularly those with small children err on the side of caution and opt to buy purified water at 50 pesos per container. This is no small amount, which when added to other priority expenses such as food, housing and medicines, consumes the poor families’ income. Those who cannot afford purified water continue to fetch it from the barangay’s available water stations.
The need was so grave that during the formulation of Barangay Tuburan’s Development Plan, which was facilitated by Balay Mindanaw, among their priority issues was their limited access to safe drinking water.
Installation of the Skyhydrant, a community-based ultra filtration water supply system