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.
TOWARDS ACHIEVING URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN LOKOJA METROPOLIS, KOGI STATE NIGERIA (Review Completed - Accepted)
The rapid increase in population, coupled with increase in the rate of urbanization, had lead to unplanned and uncontrolled expansion of Lokoja town. Consequently, this scenario has caused tremendous pressure on civic infrastructure systems, housing problems and unkempt environment among others. This study was carried out with the aid of field survey using structured questionnaire, building demographic and housing facility survey. Using random sampling technique, every 5th house in the five districts involved in the study was picked for interview, with focus on investigating building characteristics, condition of sanitary and infrastructural facilities. Findings revealed that the study area exhibit slum condition which has un-denied consequences on the socio-economic lifestyle, health of residents and the general outlook of the environment. On this basis, upgrading program through the provision Urban Basic Services (UBS) and improved sanitation strategies were recommended for sustainable management of the area. These include, among others, public enlightenment campaign, environmental education and reintroduction of effective sanitary inspection.