Preserving the water quality of Iloilo City: DEWATS of the Public Abattoir and Iloilo Mission Hospital

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Iloilo River is actually an estuarine that is 15 kilometers long. It derives fresh water from the rivers and creeks that are connected to it and saline water from the sea that feeds it. Iloilo River maintains a high level of productive biological activities. It serves as nursery for many important fish species such as bangus and tilapia; and the rise and fall of the tide makes it possible for nutrients (such as planktons and detritus) to circulate in and out of the estuary. Iloilo River is home to 22 of the country’s 35 mangrove species and the rare emerald shrimp species, metapenaues insolitus. To some residents of the city who are dependent on fishing, it is a source of sustenance and livelihood. Its estuarine characteristic is an ideal source of brackish water for fishpond cultivation.

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