ACWD to solve wa­ter odor, color prob­lem

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REYNALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Reporter

AN­GE­LES CITY — Of­fi­cials of the An­ge­les City Wa­ter District (ACWD) has as­sured its con­sumers that it is work­ing hard to im­prove the qual­ity of wa­ter sup­ply in­clud­ing its taste, smell and color caused by the pres­ence of chem­i­cal el­e­ments called iron and man­ganese.

ACWD Gen­eral Man­ager Reynaldo Li­wanag is­sued the state­ment fol­low­ing com­plaints of dirty wa­ter from some res­i­dents of Northville 15 Sub­di­vi­sion in Barangay Cu­tud here.

Li­wanag dis­closed that the ACWD man­age­ment is in the process of bid­ding out the P8 mil­lion wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tem in said vil­lage to cor­rect the iron and man­ganese prob­lem that re­sult to poor qual­ity wa­ter sup­ply dur­ing peak hours.

The project is called DMI-65 or the Ad­vance Ox­i­da­tion Wa­ter Fil­tra­tion for color, iron, and man­ganese cor­rec­tion, the ACWD ex­ec­u­tive sai d.

Li­wanag said they re­cently ac­quired and in­stalled in Barangay Ca­paya 1 pump­ing sta­tion a DMI-65 me­dia, a prod­uct of Quan­tum FIl­tra­tion Medium Pty. Ltd. from AUs­tralia the ACWD ac­quired from Bauer In­ter­na­tional Philip­pines In­cor­po­rated.

The fil­tra­tion sys­tem ef­fi­ciently low­ered the iron and man­ganese con­tent of the wa­ter sup­ply in Ca­paya 1 to the Philip­pine Na­tional Stan­dards for Drink­ing Wa­ter (PNSDW) ’17 lim­its, the ACWD of­fi­cial added.

The ACWD pur­chased two more sets of DMI 65 Wa­ter Fil­tra­tion Sys­tem for Northville 15 and Barangay Sa­pal­ibu­tad, Li­wanag added.

Li­wanag said that wa­ter sam­ples com­ing out from the Northville pump­ing sta­tion pass the PNSDW dur­ing nor­mal pe­riod when the de­mand is low.

The prob­lem only oc­curs when there is high de­mand of sup­ply and the ACWD tech­ni­cians have to in­crease the wa­ter pres­sure. Dur­ing these times, the fil­tra­tion sys­tem of wa­ter sed­i­ments is fail­ing, ac­cord­ing to Li­wanag.

“We would like to as­sure our con­sumers in those ar­eas that the prob­lem about the odor, color and taste of wa­ter will im­prove once the project is com­pleted hope­fully in three months time af­ter we awarded the de­sign, in­stal­la­tion, and com­mis­sion­ing of the fil­tra­tion sys­tem to the suc­ces­ful bid­der or con­trac­tor,” Li­wanag said.

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