COMMERCIAL operations are expected to start in October for the bulk supply water project undertaken by Cebu-based bulk water provider Mactan Rock Industries Inc. (MRII) in Bacolod City.
MRII chairman Antonio Tompar, in an interview yesterday, said the first phase of the estimated P800-million project will start operating by mid-October this year.
The Bacolod projects form part of the company’s expansion plans in the Visayas and Mindanao areas.
MRII and the Bacolod City Water District, along with partners TGV Builders, Inc. and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. have signed the 25-year contract for bulk water supply last year.
The project would initially supply 10,000 cubic meters of bulk water per day each for the north and south injection points of Bacolod and would later expand up to 75,000 cubic meters of water per day each, after 10 years.
Tompar said the company won the bid for offering the cheapest price of water. Water in Bacolod (north) is priced P8.85 per cubic meter while in the south is at P9.85 per cubic meter.
MRII has over 50 bulk water supply plants spread across the country.
Tompar said that with the water scarcity faced by the country, many local government units, businesses and industries have turned to desalinated water to ensure continuous water supply.
Desalination is the process of removing dissolved salts from water, thus producing fresh water from seawater or brackish water.