New facility provides clean water at Mactan airport

By: Doris C. Bongcac May 25,2018 - 09:52 PM

WHEN the Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport opens in June, it will be equipped with a water treatment facility that will provide clean and safe water to international tourists.

Antonio Tompar, Mactan Rock Industries Inc. (MRII) chief executive officer, said the water that they would produce at their treatment facility located at the basement utility area of the new airport terminal would be much safer in comparison with locally produced bottled water.

MRII is the water management and solutions company that the Megawide-GISPL Construction Joint Venture worked with to build the water treatment facility.

Dr. Hari Kumar Parameshwar of the Megawide-GISPL Construction Joint Venture said that they made the design of the facility while MRII was the one who set it up.

“The water (that we produce) meets all the minimum parameters and all the maximum standards,” Parameshwar said in an interview on Friday.

Parameshwar said they tapped the services of MRII because they needed clean and safe water especially for foreign travelers who are very particular of the water that they drink.

The MRII produced water will be made available in 14 to 16 water fountains that they will install at the new airport terminal. This will also be eventually made available at the old terminal building after it undergoes renovation.

“Soon we will also share the technology from the new terminal building to the old one,” he said.

Parameshwar said the old terminal building will be closed for renovation for at least one year once they start to operate the new building next month.

Airport operations will be transferred to the new building by then. But when renovation is completed, the old terminal building will be used as MCIA’s domestic terminal while the new building will be devoted for international flights, he added.

Tompar and Parameshwar led on Friday morning the blessing and inauguration of MRII’s water treatment facility located at new terminal building’s basement which is around nine meters below ground level.

“What we have here is a top of the line system. This is one of the best systems that we have built in the entire country,” Tompar said.

Tompar said they extract brackish water 250 feet below the ground for treatment.

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