INTRODUCTION
Waterborne
disease is
a leading killer all around the world that every year more than 3.4
million people
die as
a result of water related diseases,
making it the leading cause of disease and death around
the world (World Health Organization). According
to a 2013 report by consumer insight company Kantar Worldpanel,
around 40 percent of Philippine households rely on water refilling
stations for safe drinking water.
Water
is essential for human life. It flushes out toxins, aids in digestion
and is almost involved in all of our bodily processes to sustain
life. The
body contains an average amount of 10 gallons of water. At least 48
ounces of water per day is needed to replace the water that is lost
through urination, sweat, and breathing. If we don’t, we are likely
to become dehydrated (Murray, 2017).
Non
potable water does not meet the qualities of a safe drinking water.
Taking contaminated water can lead to critical conditions such as
cholera, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal and stomach illnesses.
In developing countries, problems such as scarcity of safe drinking
water exist.
In the Philippines, a total of 8,169 acute bloody diarrhea cases were
reported from January 1 to July 1, 2017 due to taking unsafe or
non-potable drinking water (Department of Health, 2017).
Automated
water refilling stations also known as “Automated Tubig Machines”
are water dispensing machines that automatically dispenses an amount
of water equivalent to the money inserted to the machine. These
machines are found in various locations within General Santos City
and many people rely on it as their source of drinking water due to
its promise of clean and safe water for drinking.

Studies
have been conducted on water analysis. Aside from assessing the
potability of water from automated water refilling stations in
General Santos City, the study will also determine the factors
affecting the potability of water specifically the source and its
distance from the automated water refilling station and its
correlation towards its potability.

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