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Iloilo island village gets P12.8-M solar-powered water system

ILOILO CITY (PIA6) -- A P12.845 million solar-powered desalination water system to be constructed at Sitio Danao-Danao of the island barangay of Polopiña in Concepcion, Iloilo will soon provide adequate clean and potable water supply, a lifeline to its 213 households.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., led the ceremonial groundbreaking of the province’s solar-powered desalination water system project in Northern Iloilo, which was funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project with a counterpart fund from the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government.

Defensor said that the project will soon solve the residents’ problem in accessing safe water supply as the facility will include a 40.32-square-meter water treatment building that houses a 16 cubic-meter tank and a potable water refilling station, operated by a solar-powered package consisting of 36 panels.

Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) Chief Engr. Romeo Andig revealed that once the facility is already operational, it can produce around 11,000 liters of water daily, which will result in a 50 percent reduction on the residents’ water 

expenses, citing that the locals spend P70 per day for their drinking water.

The project contract also stated that the facility will include a diesel-activated generator that will serve as a backup power source to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the facility.

The project, which is expected to be finished by December 2023, will use seawater as its source that will be processed using the desalination machine powered by solar energy.

Meanwhile, in a press conference on Friday, July 7, 2023, Defensor said that projects involving solar powers are already part of the provincial government’s plan and direction towards utilizing renewable energy.

“That is a big step, bisan isa lang na ka sitio or barangay, that still reflects the direction of the province towards RE [renewable energy] and technology of desalination.  We will continue to move towards that direction,” Defensor stressed.

The governor added that it is important to maintain a good working relationship with different government agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), and communities to sustain the projects toward renewable energy, admitting that is still a challenge for the provincial government as it involves new technology, “but we have to take that step to move forward on that direction together with rest of the world”. (AAL/JNH/PIA 6 Iloilo)

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