CSF Wa­ter District needs P100-M for sep­tage treat­ment fa­cil­ity

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The City of San Fer­nando Wa­ter District (CSFWD) needs some P100-mil­lion to con­struct its planned sep­tage treat­ment fa­cil­ity and less than a hectare of land for the fa­cil­ity.

This was ac­cord­ing to CSFWD Gen­eral Man­ager Jorge Gumba who added that the amount would at least see through the ful­fil­ment of the planned treat­ment fa­cil­ity as en­vi­sioned in Or­di­nance 2018-1 or “An Or­di­nance Es­tab­lish­ing a Sep­tage Man­age­ment Sys­tem in the City of San Fer­nando, Pam­panga, Pro­vid­ing Penal­ties for Vi­o­la­tions Thereof and for other Pur poses.”

The con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of sew­er­age and sep­tage sys­tems are re­quired by the Clean Wa­ter Act of 2004 (Repub­lic Act No. 9275).

The law im­poses a fine of P200,000 for ev­ery day of non-com­pli­ance. The Na­tional Sew­er­age and Sep­tage Man­age­ment Pro­gram, im­ple­mented by the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways, set 2020 as dead­line for cities to es­tab­lish their own sep­tage man­age­ment sys­tem.

The wa­ter district will be in charge with the col­lec­tion and treat­ment of sep­tage waste and would charge fees per cu­bic me­ter of col­lected waste.

Be­cause the or­di­nance pro­hibits the use of creeks and other forms of wa­ter­ways for the dis­posal of hu­man waste (fe­ces and urine), it was sug­gested that the city govern­ment should al­lot funds

for the con­struc­tion of com­mu­nal toi­lets, ac­cord­ing to Gumba. Back in 2009, a com­pany was fined for dump­ing sludge in sug­ar­cane farms in Barangay Alasas and Magli­man. Gumba added that they are now in the process of iden­ti­fy­ing the source of the fund and how to pro­ceed in the con­struc­tion and man­age­ment of the planned fa­cil­ity.

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