Davao utility to build P400-M sewage facility

Subscribe Now July 07, 2014 at 08:45am

A P400-million sewage treatment facility will be put up by the Davao City Water District (DCWD) in an effort to curb rising water pollution levels at Davao Gulf and other water sources in the city.

Nestor V. Patnugot, head of monitoring of the Environment department’s Environmental Management Bureau, said monitored levels at the Davao Gulf have been high, with some parts having coliform levels 300% higher than acceptable standards.

The planned sewage facility, DCWD spokesperson Imelda C. Magsuci said in a recent interview, will be used in treating about 410 cubic meters of sludge from private subdivisions and buildings.

Ms. Magsuci said the utility plans to obtain a loan to fund part of project cost but declined to provide further details.

The committee on environment of the Davao City council is set to endorse the project to Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, who will have final approval as the water district is a public entity.

Councilor Danilo C. Dayanghirang, head of the committee, said during a presentation of the project before the city council session Tuesday afternoon that worsening water pollution “will affect us all”.

DCWD has earlier sought the approval of the city government for the allocation of a 2,500-square meter public lot for the project.

Source: bworldonline.com

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