MANILA – The Manila Water Company (Manila Water) on Thursday said it will be offering free desludging services to its customers in October to avoid septic tanks from overflowing which not only destroys its properties but is also a hazard to the community and the environment.

Manila Water Corporate Communications Department Head Dittie Galang stressed the significance of having household septic tanks siphoned every five to seven years to ensure that all the collected septage will undergo proper treatment through Manila Water’s wastewater treatment plants before being discharged to creeks, rivers, and other waterways.

“Access to clean water and sanitation has been the core of Manila Water’s service, that is why we make sure services like septic tank desludging will be easily available to our customers,” Galang said in a statement.

“Following our environmental advocacy of Toka Toka, which is the first and only environmental movement in the country that promotes proper management of wastewater in every household, we call on our customers to make regular septic tank desludging and maintenance as their “toka” or an important share in reviving our rivers and waterways,” Galang added.

The Manila Water’s desludging services will be available in October for residents of the following barangays:

- Barangays San Roque, Calumpang, Sto. Niño, Sta. Elena, Nangka and Fortune in Marikina City;

- Barangays Culiat, Paligsahan, Matandang Balara, Marilag, Mangga, Kaunlaran, Valencia, and Immaculate Concepcion in Quezon City;

- Barangays 766, 770, 772, 780, 782, 783, 792, 793, 866, 869, 873, 874, 875, 876, 894, 896, 897, 898, 899, 903, 904, 905 in Manila;

- Barangays Buwayang Bato, Hulo, Plainview and Welfareville Compound, Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City;

- Barangays Carmona, Poblacion, Sta. Cruz, Tejeros, East Rembo, and San Lorenzo in Makati City;

- Barangay Tibagan in San Juan City; Barangay South Daang-Hari in Taguig City; and

- Barangay San Martin de Porres in Parañaque City.

The desludging caravan will also visit Barangays San Isidro, Dalig, and Dela Paz in Antipolo City and Barangay Darangan in Binangonan town, all in Rizal province.

The Manila Water customers can go to their respective barangay halls to confirm the exact dates of desludging in their barangays, or call Manila Water’s Consumer Desk Hotline at 1627. (PNA)