By Roy Mabasa
The Embassy of the Czech Republic has donated a mobile water treatment machine to the Municipality of Sapian in the Province of Capiz that would allow for the treatment of non-potable groundwater through a unique technology providing a source for free high-quality drinking water to the local folks.
In a statement, the Czech Republic Embassy in Manila said the donation represents its government’s policy that aims to apply technologies in reducing the pollution of surface and groundwater, improving the quality and supply of drinking water, and providing technology models that reduce flood risks.
Recognized as one of Europe’s location for new technologies, the Czech Republic is also known for creating conditions for sustainable management of its water wealth through affordable and advanced technologies that focus on treatment and conservation.
Czech companies Sweco Hydroproject, G-Servis, and Ekomonitor are the manufacturers of the water treatment facility,
During the unveiling of the project, Sapian Mayor Arthur John “Ike” Biñas, Czech Embassy Trade Counsellor Benjamin Ziga, and representatives from manufacturers Sweco Hydroproject, Ekomonitor and G-Servis joined the local people in sampling the water which can now be drank directly from the facility.
Mayor Biñas expressed his appreciation for the donation noting that the previous water source is far from the town and requires payment.
On top of that, Biñas said the project also reduces the ecological footprint in the area by eliminating the need for plastic water bottles specifically because Sapian is surrounded by sea bays that constitute an important livelihood.
The Czech Embassy is eyeing further collaboration with the Department of Agriculture in rolling out the water treatment project in other blighted areas of the Philippines.