Ormoc to boost disaster response with new water filtration system

ORMOC CITY – The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) on Monday turned over a PHP5.4-million water filtration system to the city government here to boost its post-disaster response.

The mobile facility can filter 3,000 liters of water from various sources for drinking in an hour intended during calamities.

EDC assistant vice president and corporate relations and communications head Allan Barcena turned over the project to Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez.

Barcena said the mobile water filtration system can purify water from any source. It is disaster equipment prepositioned to become more proactive in disaster response.

“We hope this will serve affected villages. It can be used anywhere in the city (to) produce sufficient clean and safe drinking water to serve 500 people in an hour. We hope this will be useful to the city,” Barcena said in an interview on Tuesday.

Gomez thanked EDC for being responsive to the needs of the city, especially in far-flung villages where drinking water sources are unreliable and may be affected by the calamities.

The project is part of EDC’s commitment to supporting Ormoc City’s climate resilience program.

The EDC has tapped Power4All to install a mobile water treatment plant that can treat groundwater from rivers, lakes, and wells to produce clean and safe drinking water.

The process has passed the strictest health standards, even in times of natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes when there is a shortage of clean drinking water.

Power4All provides operation and maintenance support for at least a year starting from the date of the water filtration system’s commissioning and trains Ormoc City’s City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office on its operation.

EDC’s 711-megawatt Leyte geothermal facility in the boundaries of Ormoc City and Kananga town currently supplies more than 30 percent of the country’s installed geothermal capacity. (PNA)