San Miguel mulls acquiring new water technologies
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it plans to acquire new water technologies in order to successfully implement its water sustainability project dubbed as “Project 50X2025″, a move in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) call on the need to improve the collection and treatment of wastewater and safely reuse it.
SMC President Ramon S. Ang said in a statement that the company has so far saved four billion liters of water equivalent to the daily use of about 137,000 households a year after the Project 50X2025 was launched. It aims at reducing its water consumption across its entire operations by 50 percent by the year 2025.
Coinciding with the World Water Day last year, SMC started to reduce its water consumption by 14 percent across its food, beverage, packaging, power, fuels and petrochemicals, and infrastructure businesses.
Ang said the first year of implementing the project has been about instilling a culture of conservation among the employees, and improving water systems and processes, where possible.
“From now through 2020, our goal is to cut as much as we can by improving water management, utilizing rainwater harvesting, and increasing the amount of water we recycle and re-use,” he added.
Ang said that the company is also studying new water technologies that it could invest in, after 2020, in order to fully realize its ambitious 2025 goal.
“It is laudable that among its future goals would be to reduce its operational water use by 50 percent across its business, employing measures that include water recycling, conservation and rainwater harvesting to meet its target by 2025,” Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco said, commenting on SMC’s efforts.