ACWD eyes sep­tage man­age­ment im­ple­men­ta­tion by early 2019

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AN­GE­LES CITY — A top of­fi­cial of the An­ge­les City Wa­ter District (ACWD) said the wa­ter fa­cil­ity’s sep­tage man­age­ment sys­tem will likely start by first quar­ter of 2019.

ACWD general man­ager Rey­naldo Li­wanag said the wa­ter district is wait­ing for the ap­proval of its pro­posed en­vi­ron­ment fee rates from the Lo­cal Wa­ter Util­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (LWUA).

“LWUA is the one who will au­tho­rize me to col­lect the en­vi­ron­ment fee from the con­ces­sion­aires of the An­ge­les City Wa­ter District,” Li­wanag sai d.

The en­vi­ron­ment fee is ex­pected to be pegged at 10 per­cent of the monthly wa­ter bills of con­sumers, ac­cord­ing to him. “For ex­am­ple your mont­ly­forthe wa­ter con­sump­tion for this month is worth P220, you will pay 22 pe­sos on top of your wa­ter bill.”

Sep­tic tanks will be desludge in three to five years, Li­wanag added.

“Within three to five years, you are pay­ing in in­stall­ment the en­vi­ron­ment fee based on the vol­ume of wa­ter you con­sumed,” the ACWD of­fi­cial said.

But Li­wanag clar­i­fied that the sep­tic tank desludg­ing fee will have a cap of P4,500 to P5,000.

Sep­tage Man­age­ment Sys­tem refers to the com­pre­hen­sive pro­grams for man­ag­ing sep­tic tanks and the pro­ce­dures for the desludg­ing, trans­port­ing, treat­ing and dis­pos­ing of sep­tic tank con­tents.

The ACWD has con­structed a sep­tage wa­ter treat­ment plant in­side its 4,000 square me­ter prop­erty in Barangay Cu­tud, Li­wanag said.

The wa­ter district spent around P100 mil­lion for the pro­ject which is ex­pected to get an ac­cred­i­ta­tion or per­mit from the city govern­ment by December this year.

Li­wanag said the Supreme Court has di­rected the city govern­ment to im­ple­ment the pro­ject and ma­jor­ity of the city of­fi­cials sup­ports the ACWD’s sep­tage man­age­ment sys­tem.

Aside from pro­vid­ing potable wa­ter to some 55,000 con­sumers, the ACWD is also man­dated to im­ple­ment the sep­tage pro­ject.

“There is a man­damus from the Supreme Court that by 2020, all sep­tage man­age­ment sys­tems should be put up by wa­ter dis­tricts and lo­cal govern­ment units in Pam­panga, Bu­la­can and other places drain­ing wa­ter and have in­di­rect con­tri­bu­tion to the pol­lu­tion at the Manila Bay,” Li­wanag sai d.

The ACWD has ac­quired two trucks worth P20 mil­lion which will be used in the col­lec­tion of sludge from the sep­tic tanks, the wa­ter district of­fi­cial added.

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