The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that a significant decline in the level of fecal coliform in Manila Bay has been recorded this month.
Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu said that water samples taken on February 8 from 21 stations surrounding the Manila Bay recorded 4.87 million most probable number per 100 milliliters (mpn per 100ml), down from the annual average of 7.16 million mpn per 100 ml.
Cimatu added that fecal coliform level in the waters near the beach nourishment project also dropped to 523,000 mpn/100 ml from 2.2 million mpn/100ml last January 4, based on the average count from three monitoring stations.
He said that the ultimate goal is to lower down the fecal coliform of Manila Bay to a level that is safe for recreational activities and fishing.
The DENR said that the installation of additional water quality monitoring stations to improve the monitoring of fecal coliform level of the waters within the major outfalls has also been planned. The additional monitoring stations will help sustain the operations of the sewage treatment plant constructed along the Manila Yacht Club. -J. Macapagal