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University of the Philippines’ Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology
An expert from the University of the Philippines’ Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology has lauded DMCI Homes’ innovative water conservation initiatives noting their long-term impact in augmenting freshwater supply in the country, particularly in Metro Manila.
Professor Mayzonee Ligaray said the incorporation of full water-recycling facilities and rain-harvesting systems in DMCI Homes’ new condominiums like The Erin Heights, Fortis Residences, and Sage Residences should be emulated by other developers to reduce the demand for freshwater in the metro.
“What DMCI Homes is doing is very sustainable, not only in providing water for residents, but in lessening dependence on water resource of the community. If this is practiced by other corporations, this is a smart, most sustainable way to use water that does not come from our freshwater resources,” Ligaray said.
Professor Mayzonee Ligaray
Huge demand in urban areas
The UP expert said every drop of water conserved is important because one of the major factors contributing to the depletion of freshwater supply is the huge demand from commercial and industrial buildings in urban areas.
“These industries and factories use a lot of water that’s why these urban areas demand more water as compared to rural areas in the country,” she said.
“Lalo na marami tayong condominiums na tinatayo and also there are also a lot of industries na gumagamit ng cooling systems for their airconditioner ng mga buildings na gumagamit ng maraming, maraming tubig,” she continued.
Improper water discharge
Another major factor adding to water stress is the degradation of quality of freshwater resources due to improper discharge of storm and rainwater.
“Urban areas in Metro Manila are not equipped to properly discharge stormwater and to properly collect the rainwater as well, kaya napupunta lahat sa urban runoff and this causes flooding,” Ligaray explained.
“When this happens, the flood carries with it a lot of pollutants. When it goes to the rivers and other freshwater resources, it results in contamination. If we have less water resources, it will affect the available water for Metro Manila,” she added.
The Erin Heights, a single-tower development rising along Commonwealth Avenue in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, is the first of its kind in the residential condo category in the country to have a full water recycling and treatment facility. (Artist’s illustration of The Erin Heights building facade)
First residential condos with full water-recycling facilities
While some DMCI Homes condos are already using water from rainwater harvesting and sewage treatment facilities to maintain landscaped areas, the company is taking its sustainability initiatives up a notch by building condos with full water recycling and treatment capabilities.
The first of its kind in the residential condo category in the country, DMCI Homes is building a full water recycling and treatment facility in its new projects such as The Erin Heights in Tandang Sora, Quezon City; Fortis Residences in Chino Roces Ave., Makati City; and Sage Residences in Mandaluyong City.
The facility is capable of collecting and treating wastewater to make it fit for general use, landscape irrigation, and maintenance of amenities, among other beneficial purposes.
Millions of liters saved yearly
For the project, DMCI Homes is tapping its in-house experts and working with professional wastewater management contractors to ensure a quality and efficient treatment process in producing Class A-certified treated water that is in accordance with the standards set by the Environmental Management Bureau.
With the treatment facility, condominiums can potentially save up to 182 million liters of water annually according to a DMCI Homes’ Design and Engineering Department study.
This also means savings for homeowners on their water bills and having enough backup water supply for the community in the event of a water shortage.
Like The Erin Heights, Fortis Residences, DMCI Homes’ second project under its premium brand, DMCI Homes Exclusive will also have a full water-recycling facility. (Artist’s illustration of Fortis Residences’ building facade)
DMCI Homes is the Philippines’ first Quadruple A real estate developer known for building quality resort-inspired communities in Mega Manila, Baguio, Boracay and Davao City. The company’s portfolio boasts of more than 60 properties since it was launched in 1999.
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