Clark Development Corp. (CDC), in collaboration with Clark Water Corp. (CWC), are gearing up efforts to upgrade its wastewater treatment processes to make its sewage treatment facility compliant with the new standards of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The sewage treatment facility serves the Clark Freeport Zone. CDC and CWC want to ensure that the facility is compliant with the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2016-08 on Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR).
In a statement, CDC and CWC said the current waste treatment facility which has the capacity to treat as much as 27 million liters of wastewater per day will undergo a series of preparatory works including removal of sludge to maximize its processing capacity and improve the flow of water.
These activities will increase its overall treatment efficiency and prepare the facility for the installation of upgrades.
During the project commencement, CDC Chairman Edgardo Pamintuan said they will adhere to the new government-mandated environmental regulations.
“Our collaborative actions to continuously improve our wastewater facilities and services to support the government’s initiatives of promoting environmental sustainability is significant in pursuing our mission to make the Freeport a preferred busines and tourism destination in the region,” Pamintuan said.
Meanwhile, CDC President and CEO Manuel Gaerlan said upgrading the wastewater treatment plant is a big investment for CWC that will have an economic impact on various locators and investors.
He said CDC and CWC are working together to set in place acceptable solutions that will balance the interest of the locators while complying with DAO 2016-08.
Gearlan added that CDC will push through with finalizing the revised Compliance Action Plan to the requirement of DAO 2016-08 for submission to DENR.
CDC is the government-owned and controlled corporation that administers the Clark Freeport Zone.
As the water and wastewater service provider of Clark Freeport Zone, CWC President and CEO Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr. said the company will remain steadfast in its commitment to uphold environmental sustainability by providing world-class 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,” said Rivera.