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Manila Water unit completes Boracay plant

Published on 03 May 2013
Written by James Konstantin Galvez
Boracay Island Water Co., a unit of Ayala-led Manila Water Co., said that it has completed the upgrade of its sewage treatment plant in Boracay Island, Aklan, four years ahead of schedule.
Ben Mañosca, Boracay Water general manager and chief operating officer, said that the upgrade of its Balabag Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) will ensure wastewater service reliability in one of the country’s top tourist destinations.
“We sped up the upgrade of our STP because of the urgency of the wastewater needs of Boracay,” Mañosca said. He added that the STP’s treatment capacity is now up to 6.5 million liters of wastewater per day (MLD), twice the size of its previous capacity of 2.6 MLD. It is set to serve the growing needs of the tourist island.
“With the tourist influx in the island hitting the 1-millionth mark ahead of schedule, we too had to keep apace to ensure that our services are sufficient for this growing tourism hub,” the official said.
Residents, resorts owners and tourists are now assured that the wastewater that comes out of the STP is 100-percent compliant with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Class SB standards. This means that wastewater is treated properly before being returned to the waters and its quality can sustain aquatic life.
Besides the STP upgrade, Boracay Water also embarked on other wastewater service improvements, as part of its effort to sustain tourism and continue providing efficient and effective wastewater services in the Island of Boracay.

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