MACTAN Rock Industries Inc. (MRII) announced it will be introducing to the market its “for lease” water solutions equipment that would help address the water supply problem in Cebu.
MRII chairman Antonio Tompar said the company has invested P50 million to purchase 10 units of water purification and desalination equipment from the United States, which they will offer for lease to water districts, commercial institutions or any big water user to turn dirty water or sea water into clean drinkable water.
The design system of the equipment, according to Tompar, can handle about 2,000 cubic meters per day but can operate less than that. This equipment is ideal for industries located in areas where there is an abundance of saltwater and for industries that have high seasonal water requirement, such as sugar mills.
This concept, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines, was introduced during the national convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts in Angeles, Pampanga early this year. Tompar said half of the acquired units were already consigned by two water districts and sugar mill companies.
“This desalination machine can serve as a back-up during water crisis,” he said. “Those in the bay area can actually make use of this to convert sea water into potable water as the need arises.”
MRII has purchased the machines in October last year and will arrive next month in Cebu. The leasing period for the equipment should be a minimum of six months to five years.
Aside from the desalination machines, MRII will also offer river water clarifiers and online filters machines, which are for lease.
A river water clarifier is a water treatment machine that treats river water into potable water, while online filters, which uses technology from New Zealand, removes water impurities (like iron, manganese, and arsenic) and treats water into a clean drinkable water. MRII already has three river water clarifier machines and 10 online filter machines. These machines have a market in the Philippines, especially that the country has an abundance of water wells that are not treated or unsafe for drinking.
“These are actually cheap technologies that we can avail of that would help us convert non-potable to clean drinkable water,” he said.
“These have been practiced in the US which we can replicate here to help industries and water district organizations in the Philippines to sustain water supply flow regardless of nature’s disturbances such El Niño and others,” Tompar added.