MANILA, Philippines?As part of its mandate to intensify wastewater management in Metro Manila?s East Zone, concessionaire Manila Water Co. Inc. has recently completed the East Avenue Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).
Touted as the biggest in Quezon City, East Avenue STP is designed to treat as much as 16 million liters of domestic wastewater daily before being discharged to creeks and rivers. With a total investment of P400 million under the World Bank-assisted Manila Third Sewerage Project (MTSP), East Avenue STP is expected to benefit 39,000 residents from Barangay Central, parts of Project 2, Project 3, Bgy. Pinyahan, and Teacher?s Village, as well as the adjacent Quezon City Hall and Lung Center of the Philippines.
East Avenue STP is a product of a multi-sectoral partnership between Manila Water, the Quezon City local government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, aimed at reviving Metro Manila?s waterways, which are now considered biologically dead or unsuitable to marine life.
East Avenue STP is the latest of 35 existing wastewater treatment facilities completed and operated by Manila Water throughout its concession area. Three more STPs are expected to be completed this year under the MTSP program, including Poblacion STP in Makati, Pinagsama STP in Taguig and Project 6 STP in Quezon City.
As the leading sewerage service provider in the country, Manila Water is on its way to achieving an aggressive and accelerated 100-percent sewerage coverage through its 3-River Master Plan which targets to restore the water quality of the three major rivers in Metro Manila?the Pasig, San Juan and Marikina rivers?and ultimately clean up Manila Bay. Apart from protecting the environment, Manila Water?s sewerage efforts also aim to improve sanitation and health conditions in the community and promote urban renewal.