CEBU, Philippines – Bulk-water supplier Mactan Rock Industries Inc., (MRII) has kicked off its P500 million project that will expand its capacity to provide desalinated water to Cebu industries.
This after the company obtained a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), capacitating MRII to supply an additional volume of 20,000 cubic meters per day, in its three water treatment plants in Mactan.
Prior to the expansion, MRII’s three plants were providing a total of 5,000 cubic meters per day. Once the expanded plants will run fully, it could supply a total 25,000 cubic meters a day.
The company is currently operating water treatment plants at Mactan International Airport, and Mactan Economic Zone 1 and 2.
MRII chairman Antonio Tompar said that the company has to respond to the increasing demand for water supply, especially in industries.
The additional capacity can produce about 25,000 cubic meters per day of bulk water.
Recently, the company officially started the expansion process of its two plants in MEZ 1 and MEZ 2.
MRII has been supplying bulk water not only to industrial companies but also in resorts, hotels, subdivisions, shopping malls, and other big water consumers,
Desalination is the process of removing salinity (dissolved salts) from salt water source or brackish water.
In 2016, MRII which is one of the leading desalinated water providers in the Philippines, reported at least 30 percent increase of desalinated water supply demand.
Tompar sees that the demand for desalinated water around the country will double, if triple in demand as more economic zones will be built, and more islands will be developed for tourism.
“Desalination is the future of water supply around the world, and we are already at par at this onset,” he added.
He reiterated that the trend of companies right now to get a contract with secondary water supplier.
The impact may not be felt well in bigger islands, “but we have become a reliable water supplier in small islands like in Panglao, El Nido and Samal,” he said.
Already, the company spent its aggressive expansion programs in other areas in the Visayas and Mindanao as desalinated water became a popular alternative source in the middle of a dry spell that hurt agri-business in the country.
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