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.
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.
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.
There was nothing left alive in the river. Do you consider river pollution to be a problem that concerns everyone, and how do you think the situation should be solved?