THE UNIVERSITY’S P35 million water-waste treatment facility is now operational.

Buildings and Grounds (B&G) assistant superintendent Engr. Antonio Espejo said the treatment facility was built to conserve water, abate water pollution, and cleanse the water of waste so that it can be re-used in toilets and irrigation.

He added that the construction of the treatment facility treatment facility was to comply with Presidential Decree no. 984, otherwise known as Pollution Control Law, which requires small companies and universities to decrease water pollution.

The facility gathers sewage from the different colleges into a big grease trap tank. Solid waste will then be separated and then transferred to the primary tank. Further dissolution of wastes will occur in the equalization tank where the air blowers will dry the remaining waste particles.

The foul odor is trapped in an activated carbon filter before air is released to the atmosphere by an exhaust system.

Water from the equalization tank will then go to the clear water and disinfection tank and then to a storage tank which can be use for toilets and watering plants.

The tank, located at the back of the Medicine Building, is buried nine meters below ground to prevent the foul odor from escaping.

The tank’s capacity is approximately 1,250 cubic meters of water per day. It can still service 10 more buildings. Jennifer B. Fortuno and Ma. Cristina S. Lavapie

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