Boracay Water amplifies desludging services, gets more wastewater trucks
July 05, 2018
Boracay Water, the largest water supply and wastewater management services provider in the Island, recently acquired an additional 3 desludging trucks that can haul up to 9 cubic meters of wastewater or used water from households and establishments that are yet to connect to the sewer system.
Boracay Water General Manager and COO Joseph Michael Santos said that with the addition of two units of two cubic meter and one unit of five cubic meter desludging trucks, the company now has a total fleet of seven (7) desludging trucks which can collect up to twenty cubic meters of used water per day from the company’s residential and commercial customers located in areas without access to the sewer network.
“This effort to expand our desludging capacity is in line with Boracay Water’s aim to accelerate our used water management programs in support of the rehabilitation of the Island”, Santos said.
After gathering accumulated used water from the septic tanks of residential and commercial establishments, these trucks deliver the used water to Boracay Water’s two sewage treatment plants that may treat up to 11,500 cubic meters daily.
The company’s sewage treatment plants ensure that used water are treated and processed in strict compliance with the DENR-mandated Class SB effluent water quality or water that is fit for recreational activities and would not pollute the island’s pristine beach waters.
According to Santos, desludging is an interim solution to the used water requirements of the Island as it continues to fast track its masterplan set to further expand Boracay Water’s sewage network capacity to 37 kilometers by 2021 and build the third sewage treatment plant in Barangay Yapak with a capacity to treat 5 million liters of used water per day.
Even prior to the closure, Boracay Water has been expanding its sewer system and network, consistent with the infrastructure masterplan approved by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority Regulatory Office.
In 2017 until the first quarter of the year, about 12,860 cubic meters of used water have been collected through Boracay Water’s desludging services both from residential and commercial establishments. While a total of seventy-seven (77) establishments have availed of the desludging services since the closure was implemented.