Tagaytay’s first septage treatment plant (Contributed photo)

TAGTAYTAY City – PrimeWater and Tagaytay City Water District (TCWD) have completed the first septage treatment plant as part of their commitment to accelerate efforts in ensuring water sanitation and maintaining standards of public health to almost 19,000 customers all over this highland city in Cavite.

The completion of this septage treatment facility complies with the Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 which aims to safeguard, conserve and revitalize water sources in the country.

“This project marks a significant milestone in our commitment to proper wastewater management and environmental protection. Together with PrimeWater, we take this significant step towards promoting sanitation and sustainable development in our city,” TCWD General Manager Carmelita O. Ferma said in a news release on Sunday.

The new facility, inaugurated at Barangay Guinhawa North can treat 30 cubic meters per day of wastewater collected from the septic tanks of concessionaires before releasing it to waterways.

“Recognizing the importance of reliable and sustainable water sources, we prioritize investing in infrastructure that meets the standards of water treatment and purification,” PrimeWater Head for Wastewater and Sanitation Architect Vergel Angelo Paule said.

A 2020 World Health Organization report revealed that 45 percent of households worldwide discharge generated wastewater without safe treatment, a practice that may be linked to the spread of water-borne diseases.

PrimeWater-TCWD will also deploy vacuum trucks to secure the continuous sanitation service in all 34 barangays served in Tagaytay City.

“This project signifies our commitment to sustainably managing water sources today and for future generations,” PrimeWater Assistant Vice President for JV Operations Cezar Ong said. (PNA)