Mobile water treatment facilities come to Albay
In light of the health crisis being experienced in evacuation centers in Albay due to lack of safe potable water, Metro Manila water concessionaires, led by regulator Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), deployed three units of mobile treatment plants to the province currently being affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano.
Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. sent out one mobile treatment plant (MTP) each, along with another one from MWSS. The MTPs arrived in Albay yesterday.
Diarrhea cases in the evacuation centers have risen in recent days as a result of shortage of potable water.
Just recently, Mayon Volcano Crisis Committee Chair Atty. Francis Tolentino confirmed that the evacuation of affected residents may be prolonged as continued volcanic activity is still being observed in Mayon.
“As evacuees continue to be away from their homes, we are hoping that the mobile treatment plants will be able to help ease their discomfort and prevent more of them from getting ill by providing much-needed safe potable water. We commend Manila Water for the timely deployment of MTPs which could avert water borne diseases or outbreak in evacuation centers,” said MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco.
Manila Water’s MTP has the capability of treating and converting any type of raw water, such as river water, flood water, even saltwater, into potable drinking water.