San Fernando—The San Fernando Water District announced that it now supplies clean and safe water after it adopted a new Israel ultraviolet water technology worth P200 million, Ferdinand Caylao, deputy chairman of the district here, said Sunday.
Ultraviolet or UV for short is a global water technology which sterilizes water with the use of ultraviolet lamps that produce short wave radiation lethal to bacteria, viruses and microorganisms present in the water.
Caylao assured consumers that the new method produces safer and cleaner water than the old process using liquid chlorine. It is very effective, economical, safe, easy, chemical-free and versatile, he said.
The new technology measures a 0.1 rate of cleanliness and safety, said Caylao, who is mechanical engineer, while liquid chlorine only measures 0.5.
Although the technology is very expensive, Caylao believes return of investment will be within seven years considering a spending of P300,000 a month for liquid chlorine, employees watching or monitoring it round the clock and the chlorine machine.
The district is the second one in Pampanga to use the UV technology since August this year. The Angeles Water District was the first in the province to adopt it.
Caylao also said the Villar water company was recommended by the district board to the National Sewerage Water System as their business partner in running the district water system.
He said the Villar-run water company is offering 200-percent benefits for early retirees among the 700 employees of the water district. The other applicants were Ayala Water and Angeles Water District.
He also belied the report the water district is being sold to the Villar group.