Isotope techniques used to ensure clean freshwater in Pampanga

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The new coronavirus pandemic underscores the need for freshwater for health and hygiene. Thus, constant water shortages in various parts of the country are not only inconvenient but also pose a threat to efforts in preventing the spread of Covid-19.

To help ensure that the precious freshwater sources are not only available but also free of salinity contamination, scientists from the University of the Philippines–Diliman (UP Diliman) and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) used nuclear techniques to analyze where the salinity of the groundwater in different localities in Pampanga province is coming from.

The abstract of the research explained that Pampanga relies heavily on groundwater for freshwater sources.

Wells and other groundwater sources are vital to Pampanga residents’ homes and businesses, according to earlier studies by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

However, seawater coming from Manila Bay may contaminate the fresh groundwater in

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