Pipe discharging wastewater in Boracay traced back to water utility

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The Environment department says it has ordered Boracay Tubi Systems Inc. to stop dumping wastewater into the sea. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has found that a pipe discharging untreated wastewater into the sea belongs to one of Boracay’s water utility companies.

The DENR said Sunday it has ordered Boracay Tubi Systems Inc. to stop dumping wastewater from its one-kilometer outfall pipe which spans from Brgy. Manoc-Manoc to the Sibuyan Sea.

The department added that the pipe was discharging a large volume of yellowish water. Laboratory analysis of the water showed that fecal coliform levels reached 3,500 most probable number per 100 milliliters (MPN/100 ml), when the safe coliform level is 200 MPN/100 ml.

The phosphate content of the water also went above the standard of one milligram per liter level (mg/L), reaching 2.250 mg/L.

“I have made it clear from Day 1 that no one is above the law,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said. “All environmental laws have to be strictly enforced because their primary purpose is to protect our environment and natural resources.”

The interim cease and desist order on Boracay Tubi is only effective for seven days, but the DENR said this will be made a regular cease and desist order if the Pollution Adjudication Board confirms it.

Boracay was closed for six months for its rehabilitation in 2018.