Metro Manila not ready for desalination technology

Building desalination plants to supply water to Metro Manila consumers will entail higher costs, according to a top official of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.

MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty shared, “The position of the government is we are open to all of these new technologies. However, we have to factor in the costs.”

Referring to countries that already have desalination plants, Ty added, “We have to remember that the Philippines is still a developing country and we do not have the resources of countries like Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.”

Desalination is the process of removing salt from seawater to make it into potable water that is safe for human consumption. The Philippine archipelago is surrounded by saltwater.

He noted, “Based on our studies, it’s still going to be too expensive for a regular Filipino family to pay for desalinated water. That’s the biggest pushback that we are experiencing right now.”

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