BUTUAN CITY — The Taguibo Aquatech Solutions Corporation (TASC) in cooperation with The Butuan City Water District (BCWD), began operations of its 30 MLD Bulk Water Treatment Plant in March 15, 2017 and has since been supplying the city with high quality drinking water. 

Designed by a Filipino-owned company, Ecosystem Technologies’ first of its kind Bulk Water Treatment Plant is designed to handle turbidity levels as high as 10,000 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTUs). This enables provision of uninterrupted water supply to all its service connections even during heavy rains.

In the late 2014 to early 2017, Butuan City was beset with water crises. Perennial heavy rain was exacerbated by Typhoon Sendiong in 2014 and caused high turbidity conditions for the bulk water treatment plants in the area. Most conventional technologies are not suited for tropical conditions and cannot cope with turbidity levels beyond 1,000 NTUs without causing it to fail below its designed capacity. In many cases production must be stopped entirely until turbidity levels subside. 

In the early weeks of October 2017, Mindanao experienced heavy rainfall with recorded spikes in turbidity reaching as high as 6,500 NTUs. This time, no water crisis befell Butuan City, as its new Bulk Treatment Plant experienced no loss of production. 

“Filipino Technology in the service of Filipinos” is, according to Ecosystem Technologies President and CEO Robert Y. So, one of the guiding principles of the organizations advocacy of providing environmentally sustainable solutions to preserve the beneficial Earth conditions for future generations.