DAGUPAN CITY, May 19 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) -Pangasinan satellite office has introduced an eco-friendly septic system in the province to address the growing garbage and wastewater problem.
Arnold Santos, officer-in-charge of DOST-Pangasinan satellite office, said the newly-developed septic system enhanced with organo-minerals is meant to reduce health and environment risks and sanitation problems.
“The eco-sep, developed with Adamson University, will help solve sanitation problems like ineffective septic system, drainage, and material recovery facilities," Santos told the Philippine Information Agency.
Project proponent Dr. Merlinda Palencia of Adamson University said the project utilizes a drain field technology and the Vigromin organo-mineral powder that can help reduce odor and heavy metals in waste water.
The Vigromin powder costs only about P150 per kilogram but the plastic septic tank that can accommodate 2.5 cubic liters, however, ranges to about P60,000 to P70,000.
The project was installed at the Sierra Vista Resort in San Fabian town, the first in the province.
Resort Manager Luisa De Guzman said Sierra Vista often joins information caravans of DOST and have decided to adapt the eco-septic system for a clean environment.
Two more resorts in Pangasinan have shown interest to adapt the developed technology, according to DOST. (JNPD/VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)