POPULATION PATTERN AND HOUSEHOLD WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN RELATION TO BIO-PHYSICOCHEMICAL WATER QUALITY CHARACTERISTICS IN THE NAGA RIVER


Mariel R. Estrella
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Abstract
Rapid population growth and urbanization over the years has put pressure on natural resources threatening various fragile ecosystems. Naga river in the Philippines became a mute witness to the adverse effects of human activities on its waters. The present study took into account the waste management practices of households along the Naga river to elucidate its relation to the bio-physicochemical state of the river. The comparative analysis of water quality assessment data indicates that there is an observable deterioration of water quality due to its decreased level of Dissolved Oxygen (DO) and above normal pH level. This can be attributed to the continued practice of the households of throwing and discharging 34 percent and 78 percent of their solid and liquid wastes, respectively, directly into the river. However, there is a trend of improvement in the Naga rivers water quality in terms of other parameters. The study also revealed that the size of built up areas and the household population along the Naga river is not necessarily proportional. Land use and the large household population along the Naga river was found to have higher adverse impacts on the water quality and current state of the Naga river.
Keywords: Naga River, water quality, waste management, community survey
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR)

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Published on : 2021-04-08

Vol : 7
Issue : 4
Month : April
Year : 2021
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