Customer Service News
Posted: Tuesday March 18, 2008
Additional help is on its way that will assist and mitigate further degradation of the water quality of Laguna Lake. Manila Water is set to construct its first sewage treatment plant (STP) in Taguig. The treatment facility which will cost P105 million, is targeted to be operational by 2009.
Photo caption: MWSS Administrator Lorenzo H. Jamora leads the ceremonial
lowering of the time capsule signaling the groundbreaking for the
construction of Taguig’s first-ever sewage treatment facility
The Pinagsama STP will use the combined sewer-drainage system, intercepting wastewater outfalls to the Pinagsama Creek before being discharged to Laguna Lake, while treating it to comply with environmental standards. With a daily capacity of 8,000 cubic meters, Pinagsama STP benefits up to 40,000 Taguig residents in Signal Village, AFP/PNP Village Phase 2, and Pinagsama Village Phase 1, 2A and 2B.
Pinagsama STP will be the first of several proposed STPs under the Taguig Sewerage System, which aims to treat wastewater being discharged into the Laguna Lake until it conforms to effluent quality standards. In cooperation with the city government of Taguig, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Laguna Lake Development Authority, and other partners, Manila Water is committed to do its share in realizing a vision of a renewed Laguna Lake.
Currently, the Food Terminal, Inc. in Taguig hosts Southeast Asia’s biggest septage treatment plant where septage or wastewater collected from individual septic tanks of households are brought and treated. The Pinagsama Sewage Treatment Plant, however, will be Taguig’s first-ever sewage treatment facility.
Aside from the STP, an intensified septic tank desludging program called the “Sanitasyon Para Sa Barangay (SPSB)” was also launched by Manila Water in partnership with the local government of Taguig. The SPSB provides scheduled siphoning of household septic tanks, with particular focus on low-income communities.
Through the SPSB, Manila Water aims to improve the overall sanitation condition in poor communities to prevent diseases caused by improper management of wastewater such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea. As an added benefit, the program also helps alleviate the pollution in Metro Manila’s river systems caused by untreated domestic wastes, which is mandated under the Clean Water Act. The SPSB is also Manila Water’s contribution in celebration of the International Year of Sanitation
The program is closely aligned with Manila Water’s commitment to help build communities and protect the environment, as well as Taguig’s vision to be the premier city in the Philippines.
The SPSB was piloted at Signal Village, to be followed by Lower and Western Bicutan, and then the rest of the communities in Taguig.