Davao sets sewerage law

Subscribe Now May 20, 2013 at 07:35am

THE law that will penalize those who own structures without septic tanks and that are not regularly desludged has already been signed even before Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio went on maternity leave.

The Davao City Septage and Sewerage Ordinance was approved by the City Council in February 2010, but without its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), it was nothing but paper.

Based on the IRR of the Septage and Sewerage Management Ordinance of Davao City, all building plans for residential, commercial and industrial, including those for apartelles and condominiums, before it is approved by the City Engineer’s Office, shall conform to the design of the sanitary plumbing and septic tanks specifications.

All septic tanks shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of the revised National Plumbing National Code of the Philippines, the National Building Code, and the Code of Sanitation.

The IRR states that septic tanks shall be built of solid durable material, shall be watertight and shall conform to the applicable Philippine materials standards.

Septic tanks shall be constructed under any building and not within 25 meters from any existing source of water supply.

Existing septic tanks that cannot be repaired or upgraded shall be desludged within one year from the effectivity of the ordinance.

In residential areas where individual lot area is less than 50 square meters, or where the area is characterized by inadequate land space, a communal or individual septic tank is required to be constructed.

It shall be the duty of the owner or co-owner, administrator or contractor to inform the ESS of the City Health Office (CHO) that the newly-constructed or repaired septic tank, sewerage treatment facility or alternative treatment system, with prior plan is ready for inspection, the ordinance stated.

The IRR further states that the septic tank, treatment facility or alternative treatment system shall not be covered or used until inspected and approved by the CHO or Department of Health, respectively.

All septic tanks are required to be desludged by an accredited mobile service provider every five years or when the sludge volume is already one half of the total capacity of the septic tank, or when the septic tank becomes ineffective.

Liquid and/or solid materials collected from septic tanks shall be transported by an accredited mobile server provider, to the Septage Treatment Facility of the city, or to an accredited stationary service provider.

Collection shall be done in coordination with the barangay captain or his/her duly authorized representative and must be between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Anyone who violates the provisions shall be fined not less than P1,000 but not more than P2,000 for first offense; second offense has a fine of less than P2,000 but not more than P3,000; and for third and succeeding offenses shall be fined no less than P3,000 but not more than P5,000 and imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months.

Lawyer Joseph Dominic Felizarta, City Environment and Natural Resources Office acting head, said the ordinance will also help reduce the prevalence of water-borne and excreta-related diseases and pollution of bodies of water.

Source: sunstar.com.ph



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