SANITARY INSPECTION, WATER AND SEDIMENT ANALYSIS OF ESTERO DE SAMPALOC- A MOVEMENT TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND STEWARDSHIP (Published)
Sanitary inspection, water and sediment analysis are essential factors in characterizing the safety of water in recreational areas like esteros. This research has two (2) phases: assessment and implementation. In assessment, water and sediment sample was used to analyze the status of estero de Sampaloc. While in implementation, a careful undertaking by National Service and Training Program (NSTP) students of Far Eastern University in approaching the sanitary and waste management system was used to address the problem. It was found out by NSTP students thru observation and survey that the community near the estero don’t practice good sanitary and waste management. And also, the water and sediment quality did not passed both local and international standards as set by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Philippines) and the Ontario Ministry for the Environment (Canada). Overall assessment of estero de Sampaloc revealed that water quality was deteriorating due to unsanitary practices from nearby residents, business establishments and schools. A long term sustainable effort of the community near the estero is necessary to restore water quality.