July 23, 2024

The Baguio Water District announced its willingness to manage and operate the city’s septage management plant once the facility is established.
BWD General Manager Salvador M. Royeca, who appeared before the regular session of the city legislative body on Jan. 13 to share his insights on a proposed ordinance establishing the city’s septage management system, said the water district has the technical capability to manage and operate the system once constructed.
However, he said while the BWD is competent to manage and operate such system, it does not have sufficient resources to construct the same.
Earlier, the city council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance establishing a septage management system in the city.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano stated the city government commits to improve or enhance health and sanitation, environment, and economic conditions in the city and it shall implement measures to prevent and control water pollution to promote health and ensure a balanced ecosystem through the establishment of the comprehensive septage management program.
The ordinance stated that septic tanks and other acceptable on-site sanitation shall be the depository of all the sewage generated within a building or establishment and that the design and construction of septic tanks shall adhere to Section 143 of Ordinance 18, s. 2016 or the city’s Environment Code.
Other on-site sanitation facilities must be water tight with primary treatment that will lower the biological oxygen demand by at least 50 percent and that it shall be accessible for dislodging by mobile service providers. – PIO release