Clark Freeport Zone sewage treatment facility set for upgrade

CLARK WATER Corp. and Clark Development Corp. (CDC) are set to upgrade the wastewater treatment process of the sewage treatment facility that serves the Clark Freeport Zone to meet environmental standards set by the government.

Clark Water, the water and wastewater provider of the Clark Freeport Zone, said in a statement on Friday that its facility will undergo preparatory works before the upgrade, such as sludge removal to boost water flow and maximize its processing capacity.

“These activities will increase its overall treatment efficiency and prepare the facility for the installation of upgrades,” Clark Water said in the statement.

Clark Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc., said the facility is capable of treating around 27 million liters of wastewater per day.

Manuel R. Gaerlan, CDC president and chief executive officer, said the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant is a big investment for the water provider, and will have an economic impact to locators and investors in Clark Freeport Zone.

“This why we are working together to ensure that we will be able to set in place acceptable solutions that will balance the interest of the locators while complying with the Environment Department’s Administrative Order 2016-08 on biological nutrient removal,” Mr. Gaerlan said in the statement.

Mr. Gaerlan added that the CDC is finalizing the revised compliance action plan to be submitted to the Environment Department. To recall, CDC is a government owned and controlled corporation that manages the Clark Freeport Zone.

Meanwhile, Clark Water Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr. said the company is committed to its advocacy of environmental sustainability by providing quality wastewater services to the locators of the Clark Freeport Zone.

“We are determined in meeting the environmental standards set by the government and we are working closely with CDC to ensure that we take care of the current and future water supply and wastewater services needs of our customers especially the locators who are major contributors to the export economy of the country,” Mr. Rivera said in the statement. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave