May 05, 2013

Manila Water appeals P29 M fine before SC; Boracay Water completes plant upgrade


Manila Water Co. Inc. is appealing before the Supreme Court the imposition of P29.4 million in fines by the DENR in 2009 for violation of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) – Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon filed charges against the MWSS for failing to install and maintain wastewater-treatment facilities (WTFs) within five years following the implementation of the Clean Water Act in May 2004.
The EMB said this affected the quality of water in the Meycauayan and Marilao rivers which drain into the Manila Bay. Subsidiary Boracay Water has completed the upgrade of its Balabag Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), doubling its previous capacity. The upgraded wastewater treatment plant would now treat up to 6.5 M liters of wastewater per day versus its previous capacity of 2.6 M liters