DUMAGUETE CITY, July 29 – Engr. Rolly Clamonte, head of the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) of Dumaguete City, on Friday urged residents to have their septic tanks desludged regularly to help efforts in keeping the city’s groundwater free from contamination.
Clamonte also noted the need to further educate the public on Republic Act 9275 of the Clean Water Act for them to understand the objectives of the city’s septage wastewater management system project.
He said that Dumagueteños are lucky to have two wastewater treatment facilities that are fully operational and in fact, many local government units in other parts of the country have sent representatives here to look at these facilities for possible replication in their areas.
These are the multi-million-peso treatment plants at the Quezon Park, which is solely dedicated for wastewater coming from the public market that is treated before released to the sea, and the larger septage wastewater treatment facility in Camanjac.
Both projects, while funded by the city government, took years from conception to implementation and received technical assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Local Initiatives for Affordable Wastewater Treatment (LINAW) project and the Philippine Sanitation Alliance (PSA) project.
Engr. Clamonte noted that the city’s septage waste management project is designed to be easy on the pocket for residents.
The city government had earlier inked an agreement with the Dumaguete City Water District (DCWD) for the latter to provide the desludging trucks, personnel and services, and collect septage fees from clients on a monthly basis.
DCWD clients are now paying an add-on fee of P2 per cubic meter of water consumed each month as septage fee.
The DCWD has already catered to more than 3,000 clients who had requested for the desludging of their septic tanks since the Camanjac facility had become fully operational in 2009.
Clamonte said the public should not wait until their septic tanks are full before they ask DCWD to send the septage management team over for desludging.
The Camanjac facility may have cost P25-million to build, but operational costs are not as expensive because one important feature of the waste treatment facilities in Dumaguete is the use of natural treatment method through employment of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in treating waste water.
Clamonte was one of the guest panelists during Friday’s Kapihan sa PIA forum held in celebration of National Disaster Prevention Month this July. (PNA) LAP/JFP