LGUs to public: collect ash in bags to avoid clogging drainage and water contamination

LGUs to public: collect ash in bags to avoid clogging drainage and water contamination

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Volcanic ash in a roof gutter. Photo from the United States Geological Survey.

The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices of southern Metro Manila Cities are reminding the public to properly dispose of volcanic ash by containing them in bags rather than sweeping them down water drainage systems.

The local government units of Makati, Muntinlupa and Paranaque have warned the public that improperly disposed volcanic ash may result in clogging. Further, the potentially harmful substances in ash like sulfur dioxide can be harmful to human health and water ecosystems.

According to the Muntinlupa City DRRMO, the public should refrain from using water to clean their roofs, garages and roads.

“It will go to our drainages leading to our tributaries connected to Laguna de Bay, where Maynilad gets our drinking water (treated/filtrated). Better to sprinkle water so as not to disturb the ashes, sweep, and put it inside the garbage bag,” the Muntinlupa DRRMO said on their Facebook page.

Residents of Muntinlupa may call 8861-1866 to schedule collection of ash-filled bags and sacks.

The Makati DRRM said that residents can have ash-filled sacks collected by the Department of Environmental Services (DES). Throwing these away with regular garbage is also not advisable.

Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivares directed the DRRM council to proactively ensure public safet and heath is prioritized through the monitoring of price increases of masks and advise response assets in preparation of any eventuality. Paranaque city is also exploring the possibility of providing support and assistance to other affected LGUs in the Taal region.

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