THE UNIVERSITY’s new stormwater drainage system can hold water that can fill up four and a half Olympic-size pools, according to the head of the Facilities Management Office (FMO).

“If you’re going to count the volume [of stormwater that the improved drainage could hold], it’s four and a half Olympic-size swimming pools. So that kind of big volume would be accommodated in this drainage improvement system,” FMO Director Fr. Dexter Austria, O.P. said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Olympic-size pools measure 50 meters long, 25 meters wide and a minimum of two meters deep. It can hold at least 2.5 million liters of water.

Based on Austria’s estimate, UST’s new flood drainage system could hold 11.25 million liters of water.

Austria said UST’s objective was to have a “flood-free” España campus.

The FMO director earlier told the Varsitarian that the new flood drainage system would be a “game-changer” for UST.

READ: ‘Game changer’: New UST anti-flood system set to finish construction next year

The four-meter-deep drainage system will function as a water tank to temporarily detain stormwater, which will be released to the main sewer of España Boulevard. 

On Dec. 1, Austria announced on social media that the project was 75 percent completed, two years since construction began in November 2018.

The drainage system would be completed by mid-2021, Austria said.


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