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DAO 90-34 - Revised Water Usage and Classification Water Quality Criteria Amending Section Nos 68 and 69, Chapter III of the 1978 NPCC Rules and Regulations

DAO 90-34 - Revised Water Usage and Classification Water Quality Criteria Amending Section Nos 68 and 69, Chapter III of the 1978 NPCC Rules and Regulations

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PRIME - M4Page 1 of 11
The quality of Philippine watersshall be maintained in a safe and satisfactory condition according to their bestusages. For this purpose, all waters shall be classified according to thefollowing beneficial usages:
(a)Fresh Surface Waters (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, etc.)ClassificationBeneficial Use
Class AAPublic Water Supply Class I.
This class is intended primarily forwaters having watersheds which are uninhabited and otherwiseprotected and which require only approved disinfection in order tomeet the National Standards for Drinking Water (NSDW) of thePhilippines.
Class APublic Water Supply Class II.
For sources of water supply that willrequire complete treatment (coagulation, sedimentation, filtration anddisinfection) in order to meet the NSDW.
Class BRecreational Water Class I.
For primary contact recreation such asbathing, swimming, skin diving, etc. (particularly those designated fortourism purposes).
Class C
Fishery Water
for the propagation and growth of fish and otheraquatic resources;2)
Recreational Water Class II
(Boatings, etc.)3)
Industrial Water Supply Class I
(For manufacturing processesafter treatment).
Class D
1) For agriculture, irrigation, livestock watering, etc.2)
Industrial Water Supply Class II
(e.g. cooling, etc.)3) Other inland waters, by their quality, belong to this classification. ___________________ 
In general, this refers to current best beneficial use that is expected to last, at least, for thenext 10 to 20 years. In special cases when dictated by political, economic, social, publichealth, environmental and other considerations, certain waters may be classified accordingto the intended or future beneficial use (e.g. Pasig River, Tullahan-Tenejeros, etc.)
PRIME - M4Page 2 of 11
(b) Coastal and Marine WatersClassificationBeneficial UseClass SA
1) Waters suitable for the propagation, survival and harvesting ofshellfish for commercial purposes;2) Tourist zones and national marine parks and reservesestablished under Presidential Proclamation No. 1801; existinglaws and/or declared as such by appropriate governmentagency.3) Coral reef parks and reserves designated by law andconcerned authorities.
Class SB
Recreational Water Class I
(Areas regularly used by thepublic for bathing, swimming, skin diving, etc.);2)
Fishery Water Class I
(Spawning areas for Chanos chanos or"Bangus" and similar species).
Class SC
Recreational Water Class II
(e.g. boating, etc.);2)
Fishery Water Class II
(Commercial and sustenance fishing);3) Marshy and/or mangrove areas declared as fish and wildlifesanctuaries;
Class SD
Industrial Water Supply Class II
(e.g. cooling, etc.);2) Other coastal and marine waters, by their quality, belong tothis classification.
(c)General Provisions on Water Classification
1.Classification of a water body according to a particular designated use oruses does not preclude use of the water for other purposes that are lower inclassification provided that such use does not prejudice the quality requiredfor such waters.2.Water classifications are arranged in the order of the degree of protectionrequired, with Class AA and SA having generally the most stringent waterquality, respectively, for fresh surface waters and marine/coastal waters; andClass D and SD waters have the least stringent water quality for fresh surfacewaters and marine waters, respectively.3.The main objective of the water quality criteria is to maintain the minimumconditions necessary to assure the suitability of water for its designated useor classification.
PRIME - M4Page 3 of 11
4.Any person regulated under these rules or having a substantial interest in thischapter may seek reclassification of waters by filing a petition with the DENRgiving all necessary information to support the petition.5.All reclassifications of water shall be adopted, only after public notice andhearing and upon affirmative findings by the DENR Regional Officeconcerned that:i) The proposed reclassification will establish the present and futuremost beneficial use of the waters;ii) Such a reclassification is clearly in the public interest, andiii)The proposed designated use is attainable, upon consideration ofenvironmental, technological, social, economic and institutionalfactors.6.For purposes of classification or reclassification the following minimum waterquality parameters are to be considered:i)Dissolved oxygen (DO)ii) pHiii)Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)iv)Total Coliform Organisms
Section 69.Water Quality Criteria -(a) Minimum Criteria for Surface Waters.
All surface waters of the country shall befree from:1.Domestic, industrial, agricultural, or other man-induced non-thermalcomponents of discharges which, alone or in combination with othersubstances or in combination with other components of discharges (whetherthermal or non-thermal)i) That settle to form putrescent deposits or otherwise create a nuisance;orii) That float as debris, scum, oil, or other matter in such amounts as toform nuisances; oriii)That produce color, odor, taste, turbidity, or other conditions in suchdegree as to create a nuisance; oriv)That are acutely toxic; orv) That are present in concentrations which are carcinogenic, mutagenic,or teratogenic to human beings or to significant, locally occurringwildlife or aquatic species; or

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