Butuan BCWD visits SFWD filtration system
by Agelia J. Mora
Butuan City (5 August) -- The Butuan City Water District (BCWD) Board of Directors and Management visited the San Francisco Water District's (SFWD) filtration system on July 5, 2008.
The BCWD visitors, headed by Chairman Ferdinand C. Piencenaves and GM Anselmo L. Sang Tian, had actually seen how the new filtration system works in cleaning raw water from the source. The system, called Amiad Micro Fiber 90K Filter, a.k.a. Filtomat, is capable of filtering raw water up to 2 microns, making water clear and clean. To date, only a couple of water districts in the country are using this technology from Israel. One of them is the SFWD that has been using it for five years now.
SFWD general manager Elmer T. Luzon said that, so far, the system has been functioning well and producing clean and safe drinking water for SFWD's concessionaires.
"There has not been any complaint on water quality," he said.
GM Luzon informed the BCWD visitors that the advantage of using this system is its cheap maintenance requirements.
"It does not require electricity to operate, and only over a thousand pesos is all that is needed to keep it in good condition," he said.
Seeing the quality of water that came out from the system and hearing GM Luzon's testimonies, the BCWD Board and Management were convinced with the efficiency of the system.
This visit of the BCWD officials was due to the agency's planned acquisition of the Filtomat. Acquiring this system is one of the best options for the BCWD to resolve the perennial problem of water turbidity, especially during rainy season.
The cost per unit of Filtomat is quite prohibitive, but there could be more advantages than disadvantages if BCWD invests in this filtration system. It will surely gain for the district the public's trust and confidence, thereby, increasing public patronage to its water service. This will mean improved financial standing of the district.
Since this automatic micro filter system can not operate independently as one single unit - always part of a multiple filters installation, the BCWD plans to acquire 10 units. The 10 units will be enough to supply the BCWD's over 30 thousand concessionaires of clear and safe drinking water. However, due to budgetary constraint, it will initially acquire four units this year at a whopping cost of 50 million pesos, excluding the cost of construction of the structure where the filters will be housed.
This new project of the BCWD evidently shows its unswerving commitment to better serve its present and future concessionaires. This is one of the various projects of the district to continuously improve its management and operation for the benefits of its water consuming public.
Among the BCWD visitors of the SFWD filtration system included directors Juanito A. Lao, Crispin L. Young and Pacita E. Buņol; technical assistant Agelia J. Mora; senior public relations officer Ramil S. Barquin; and board of directors' office staff Malou S. Joyohoy and Amelita A. Militante. (BCWD-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]