By Glen S. Ramos
MARILAO, Bulacan – A certain Barangay Kagawad who goes by the name of “Troy” has on Monday, 22 March 2021, posted in his Facebook account a picture of a river filled with all kind of garbage which was gaining popularity online due to its animosity.
The river is located in the town of Marilao, Bulacan better known as the Marilao River.
It once gained notoriety in 2020 by being one of the filthiest rivers in the world and with the foulest odor.
It ranked Number 6 in the Top 19 most polluter rivers in the world by the Conserve Energy Future (CEF), one of the world’s top eco-conscious websites.
According to the website, the river is home to millions of Philippine residents use the water for drinking and also for irrigation.
The pollution of the river is mostly from wastes from tanneries, dumping, and gold refineries.
The dumping of non-recyclable materials such as plastic bottles is present on the surface of the water. In addition to this, the water has rocks bearing heavy metals, which pose a health hazard to the residents.
“The river is prone to flooding, which brings the wastes to the land, thus leading to soil degradation. The pollution of the water is detrimental to the fish industries in the Philippines since toxic metals such as lead contribute to the death of aquaculture,” CEF published.
The Marilao River flows through the Bulacan Province Philippines and empties in Manila Bay. The main sources for polluting this river are tanneries, textile factories, piggeries, gold refineries, and municipal dumps.