Laguna Water officially launched its Tamang Sanitasyon Equals Kalusugan, Kalinisan, at Kaunlaran ng Bayan (TSEK ng Bayan) services in an event held last April 5, 2018 at the LTI Sewage and Septage Treatment Plant at Laguna Technopark, Binan, Laguna.
TSEK ng Bayan services include sewage management and desludging service. The program aims to make sustainable sanitation accessible and available to all.
“We have only seen sanitation as having toilet facilities but the truth is that sanitation should include the treatment of the water that we have used. This is to ensure that human wastes are disposed properly in ways that will not harm the environment and the health of the people,” said Laguna Water General Manager and COO Shoebe Hazel Caong.
Laguna Water has been managing the sewage treatment plant of LTI since 2014. The company treats an average of 4.2 million liters of used water per day.
Given the authority to provide used water services in the Province of Laguna, Laguna Water will be offering desludging services starting this year. An individual septic tank must be desludged at least every five years and the septage collected must be treated in a used water treatment plant. This practice will ensure that untreated used water will not be discharged to a river or a natural body of water.
In line with its TSEK ng Bayan services, Laguna Water upgraded the LTI Sewage Treatment Plant to include a fully-mechanized septage treatment facility. Now, the LTI Sewage and Septage Treatment Plant (LTI SSTP) has increased its treatment capacity to 11 million liters of used water from Laguna Technopark from 7 million liters before. Further, the LTI SSTP can now facilitate treatment of 70 cubic meters of septage from the different households in Laguna.
Aside from the treatment of used water, Laguna Water is also exploring the possibility of providing portable toilets and communal toilets to toilet-less communities. The company’s Portable Toilet Solution (PTS) project has received a 30 million grant from the Grand Challenges Canada and has been recognized as a runner-up in a World Bank-sponsored Ideas for Action competition. It aims to resolve the insufficient access to proper sanitation and to end open defecation.
“Laguna Water champions sanitation. Everyone has a right to have access to proper sanitation but it is also everyone’s responsibility to make it sustainable and available to all,” said Ms. Caong.
Present during the TSEK ng Bayan launching were Manila Water Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez, DENR Undersecretary for Manila Bay Concerns and Water-related Concerns Maria Paz Luna, LLDA General Manager Jaime Medina, Manila Water President and CEO Ferdinand Dela Cruz, Manila Water Operations Chief Operating Officer Geodino Carpio, and Laguna Water President Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr.