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Firm offers technology to treat wastewater in city
by Jessa Mardy P. Samidan / PIO

A company is offering its services to the city in treating and recycling wastewater into potable water through a scientific process using a technology developed in Japan.

During the city officials’ executive and legislative meeting, Oct. 28, Engr. Arnel Hibo of the IRMA group of companies introduced the Ecology Toilet System (ETS), a Japanese technology using sake bacteria derived from rice hulls that can processes toilet waste in households, offices, and even the sanitary plant of Baguio City.

The unsolicited proposal was earlier presented to Mayor Benjamin Magalong and was endorsed for presentation to Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, city council members, and city department heads.

Hibo said the ETS has been proven effective in saving water in Japan.

He said in the traditional toilet system, liters of water are used just for a single flush. Once the septic tank is filled, pozo negro services are needed, a process that is also expensive.

He said maintenance of a traditional toilet system requires a huge amount of water that may contribute to the possibility of water crisis in the city.

Compared to the traditional water tank and flushing method, the ETS has four more additional stages. These are the tanks for fermentation, processing, filtration, and storing of clean water.

He explained that the fermentation tank traps solid waste while the water is extracted. The sake bacteria will be put in the tank to decompose or dissolve the solids. The water waste will go to the processing tank to rid the remaining solid materials before going to the filtration tank where the water will be further “purified.”

Hibo said the processed water will be stored in the clean water tank so that it can be used again for flushing, watering the plants, even for washing.

If well processed, the water can also be used for cooking or drinking, if people so choose.

The engineer said they are willing to make Baguio a pilot area and a pioneer of ETS in the country at no cost to the city when given the chance.

City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña, who welcomed the presentation, said the proposed technology may help improve the operational capacity of the 30-year old sewerage treatment plant of the city.

“We can use the technology to double or triple the capacity of our sewerage treatment plan,” dela Peña said.

Olowan said the technology will be useful for urban centers like Baguio to save more water.

He said the council will discuss and act on the proposal accordingly.


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