Agencies

The agencies directly involved in the establishment operation of water refilling stations are as follows:

Above all, The Department of Health. Department of Health is the main

agency / agencies responsible for protecting the health of the people.

The Sanitation Code of the Philippines mandates the Department of Health

in protecting drinking water quality.

Secondly, The Center for Health Development is the regional branch of

Department of Health . Its main function is to provide technical assistance

to local government units and to monitor Department of Health

programme implementation which includes water quality and sanitation

standards.

Thirdly, The Local Government Units (LGUs) are mandated by Presidential

Decree (PD 856) to issue sanitary permit,

sanitary clearance, health certificates, certificate of potability, drinking

water site clearance and closure order (if necessary) and to conduct

sanitary inspection of WRS.

lastly, The Water Quality Association of the Philippines Inc.

(WQAP) is an organization of private firms who are engaged in the

manufacture, sale, and distribution of water refilling station equipment

and supplies, as well as water treatment and purification equipment and

technology for household, institutional, commercial and industrial

applications.

However, About 85 percent of its 250 members operates water refilling stations.

Association of Water Refilling Entrepreneurs (AWARE) concentrates on resolving business management issues of its members.

Presidential Decree No. 856 (PD 856) or the Sanitation Code of the

Philippines is the main law requiring all establishments to comply with

existing sanitary standards to protect public health. Also, Guidelines for

operating a water refilling station are indicated in the Supplemental

Implementing Rules and Regulations on Water Supply of PD 856 issued in

1999.

Water quality monitoring

agencies

Further, Source water and product water are subject to regular monitoring by the local health office.

For this reason, Only DOH – accredited laboratories are allowed to conduct water testing and analysis. The frequency of monitoring is as follows:

Firstly, Bacteriological quality – at least monthly

Second, Physical quality – at least every six (6) months

Third, Chemical quality – at least every six (6) months

Lastly, Biological quality – at least once a year.

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