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The water company spends P291 million to upgrade services in Boracay

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A water company is investing PHP291 million for its water and wastewater service projects on the island to assuring compliance with its regulatory service requirements over the next three years as more tourists return to Boracay Island as travel restrictions loosen.

In spite of the island’s closure in 2018 and the Covid-19 pandemic paralyzing island operations in 2020, Boracay Water said in a statement on Thursday that it was committed to offering dependable and high-quality water and wastewater services to the island’s residents, visitors, and commercial and industrial establishments.

The Tourist Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority has granted a concession to Boracay Water, a subsidiary of Manila Water Philippine Ventures.

In order to guarantee that its water supply and distribution system would continue to deliver 24/7 quality water supply even during a natural calamity, such as typhoons and earthquakes, the company will upgrade and rehabilitate the Nabaoy and Caticlan pumping stations, Caticlan water treatment plant, and water network over the course of the next three years.

A water pipelaying project in Barangay Yapak costing PHP1.2 million began in January 2023 and would assist 160 houses as part of the social flagship program “Tubig Para sa Barangay,” which aims to provide sustainable water to low-income households.

Regarding wastewater management, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) 2021-19 has directed that Boracay Water upgrade its sewage treatment facilities in Barangay Balabag and Manoc-Manoc.

The general effluent criteria for the characteristics, such as ammonia as NH3-N, fecal coliform, and phosphate as phosphorus, are updated in accordance with DAO 2021-19.

To provide support to the Environmental Management Bureau and the local government unit of Malay on the implementation of Republic Act 9275 or “The Clean Water Act”, Boracay Water has allotted PHP108 million to provide free mandatory sewer connection to 1,860 households residing within 100 meters from the available sewer network starting 2023.

In order to comply with DENR Class SB Standards, the effluent must be treated before being released into the water bodies on Boracay Island.

To maintain and protect the island’s beautiful beaches, Boracay Water urges businesses within 100 meters to connect to its available sewer network.

Under its Highland to Ocean program, it also gives the environment’s preservation top priority.

The Nabaoy River and watershed, the only water source for Boracay Island, are protected by the environmental program.

As of Thursday, 33,320 trees had been committed to being planted over the course of the following five years, and 40 hectares of the watershed’s property had been adopted for appropriate management.

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