Marikina plant sets safety record

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The Marikina North Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of the Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc. has successfully reached two million man-hours without any accident or injury.

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According to Estelita Orodio, Manila Water Project Delivery Group director, achieving two million safe man-hours is very significant, especially since many companies find it hard to land such an accomplishment.

Orodio said that the achievement was made possible by the company’s effective planning and strict adherence to safety procedures when working on site, and is one of the reasons why the project is on track with its timeline.

Contracting company Sta. Clara International Construction handed out awards and certificates of recognition to its project managers, Josefino Umali and Frank Wicquart, and safety manager Alexander Padin for the accomplishment, while Nicandro Linao, the company’s president, urged all workers in the project to continue working efficiently and safely.

But even with such a feat, Orodio said that the company can’t afford to be complacent, and would rather take it as a challenge to complete the project as soon as possible, so that it can provide customers in the area with “world-class sewerage services.”

Located at the Balubad Resettlement Site in Barangay Nangka and expected to be commissioned in October, the P2.7-billion treatment plant is capable of treating 100 million liters of wastewater daily. Using the Sequencing Batch Reactor technology, it can treat sewage and drainage wastes for the benefit of more than half a million Manila Water consumers in the catchment area, especially in Marikina City, San Mateo and other areas in the Rizal province.

As of 2013, Manila Water operates 37 STPs and two septage treatment facilities that can handle 500 million liters per day. A total of 109,717 sewer connections serving 158,242 households have also been installed by the company.

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