Boracay Island Water cuts Q1 system loss to 12.78%

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Boracay Island Water Co. (BIWC), a unit of Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc., on Monday said it reduced its non-revenue water or system loss to 12.78 percent in the first quarter of 2014 from 16.76 percent a year earlier.

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Ben Manosca, BIWC general manager and chief operating officer, said the company’s system loss fell to its lowest level last January at 12.41 percent following implementation of extensive leak detection programs and repair activities.

With the improvements, Manosca said more water will be delivered to the continuously growing 5,762 residential and commercial service connections of the  company.

The company is rebidding the P298-milllion sewerage treatment plant (STP) in Barangay Manoc-Manoc on top tourist destination Boracay Island.

Up for bidding is the design and construction of the plant. The technology and process are already included in the terms of reference, which include wastewater quality and government standards that have to be complied with.

The Manoc-Manoc STP will help increase BIWC’s wastewater coverage to 75 percent by 2016 from the current 31 percent to ensure wastewater service reliability.

The new STP, which has an additional 14 lift stations to pump wastewater, can handle 5 million liters a day.

The company has an existing STP in Barangay Balabag, which has a daily capacity of 6.5 million liters and covers a 9-kilometer sewage network.

BIWC started operating the water and wastewater services on Boracay Island in 2010 when the Tourism and Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority, formerly the Philippine Tourism Authority, partnered with East Zone water concessionaire Manila Water to improve the water system and address the wastewater problems of Boracay Island.

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