What is the Clean Water Act?

  • Republic Act 9275 or the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004” is the law that applies to water quality management in all bodies (natural and human made) of fresh, brackish, and saline waters, and includes but not limited to aquifers, groundwater, springs, creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lagoons, water reservoirs, lakes, estuarine, coastal and marine waters.
  • The law primarily addresses the abatement and control of pollution from land-based sources. The Act focuses on the creation and deaignation of new regulatory, planning and infrastructure development functions to agencies & subsidiary multisectoral bodies, and on streamlining inyer-agency coordination.

What are prohibited  under R.A. 9275?

  • Discharging or disposing any wayer pollutantto the water body, which will impede natural flow in the water body.
  • Discharging, injecting, or allowing to enter into the soil, anything that would pollute groundwater.
  • Operating facilities that discharge regulated water pollutants without the valid required permits.
  • Disposal of potentially infectious medical waste into sea.
  • Unauthorized transport or dumping into waters of sewage sludge or solid waste.
  • Transport, dumping, or diacharge of prohibited chemicals, substances or polutants listed under Toxic Chemicals, Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act (R.A. 6969).
  • Discharging regulated water pollutants without valid required discharge permit pursuant to this Act.
  • Refusal to allow entry, inspection and monitoring as well as access to reports and records to the DENR in accordance with this Act.
  • Directly using booster pumps in the distribution system isor tampering with the water supply in such a way to alter or impair the water quality.