CS Water Iloilo is implementing this June a “comprehensive septage management program” in Janiuay, Iloilo.
Engr. Andrew Margarico, general manager of CS Water Iloilo told a radio interview that the project is perhaps the first to be undertaken in the area.
“In addition to potable water, CS Water and Janiuay Water District will provide septage services to concessionaires starting this month,” GM Margarico said.
He explained that the process involves waste in septic tanks that would be suctioned to a vacuum dislodging tanker.
The tanker then transports the waste to a treatment plant. In turn the treated material is disposed to an approved site, explained GM Margarico.
The CS Water Iloilo noted that under the Clean Water Act of 2004 or RA 9275, local water districts are mandated to “provide septage management services” in their coverage area.
This is in addition to the water district’s function of providing potable water and sewerage services, Margarico said.
CS Water entered into a 25-year joint venture (JV) agreement with Janiuay Water District (JWD) last June 3, 2019. The JV was launched in July last year.
Janiuay Water District general manager Sharon Rose Brasileno said at the launching then that CS Water Iloilo would spend about P190 million for upgrading of JWD facilities.*