QUEZON CITY, Aug. 1 (PIA) -- Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu led the inauguration of the first solar-powered treatment plant (STP) for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.
The solar powered treatment plant is one of the geo-engineering interventions for cleaning up the waters of the bay. It can clean up 500,000 liters of dirty water daily from the outfalls of Padre Faura, Remedios, and Estero de San Antonio Abad - the areas notorious for high counts of fecal coliform bacteria.
These three drainages directly discharge to Manila Bay, and with the STP now in place, wastewater from these drainages will undergo a treatment process before being released to Manila Bay.
"The solar-powered plant is just the first of the many treatment plants that will be installed in key outfalls and river systems. These will receive untreated wastewater for processing and treatment before recycling or release in Manila Bay," Cimatu said.
The DENR partnered with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to hasten the construction of the treatment plant amid the pandemic.
The STP works on an off-grid solar system, operating on power supply in daytime and on solar energy for 12 hours during nighttime.
MMDA Chair Danilo Lom said, through the use of a renewable energy source, the Agency hopes to lessen the electricity consumption of the STP.
Once turned over to MMDA, the agency will be in charge of the maintenance and operations of the STP. (DENR/PIA-NCR