Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc. is now waiting for the redeployment its drinking water mobile treatment plant (MTP) to providing potable water for earthquake-stricken residents in Bohol province.
Manila Water said that MTP has the capability of treating and converting any type of raw water—river water, floodwater, even saltwater—into potable drinking water. The treatment facility produces about 2,000 liters of drinking water per hour, the company said.
The MTP has been initially stationed in Barangay Basak, Loon town beside the collapsed Moalong Bridge.
It is currently awaiting deployment to another site after it was forced to stop operations on October 20 when another strong 5.2-magnitude aftershock hit the locality and a storm surge near the collapsed bridge has rendered the site unsafe for further operations.
A total of 30,000 liters of potable water has already been produced by the MTP via reverse osmosis mode converting saline or saltwater to drinking water.
The MTP is being manned and operated by an eight-man team from Manila Water and has been operating from 6am to 6pm daily, partially supplying the drinking water needs of Loon town with 74 barangays.
The MTP was flown to Bohol in C-130 aircraft in coordination with the Philippine Air Force, NDRRMC, MWSS, DOH and the Provincial Government of Bohol. JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ