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Aboitiz Equity Ventures: InfraCapital makes waves with innovations in water resources management

Aboitiz InfraCapital makes waves with innovations in water resource management

February 11, 2022

In line with its goal of providing Filipinos with the watersolutions, AboitizThe infrastructure branch of the group AboitizInfraCapital(AIC) pleads for a better the waterResourcemanagementmake sure the watersecurity for years to come.

In the latest Liveable Cities Lab webinar titled “Climate-resilient The waterManagement: Affordable quality The waterfor everyone,” AboitizInfraCapitalfirst vice president for The waterAnna Lu, President of Business and Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc., spoke about the importance of a managementlimited the waterresources, amidst a host of critical challenges such as over-extraction of groundwater, deterioration of the waterquality, and increasing the water– related disaster risks.

“With a growing population putting increased pressure on already scarce resources the waterresources, innovation in the waterto supply managementis required. AT AboitizInfraCapitalwe are at the forefront of implementing sustainable solutions to ensure access to safe and reliable services the water“said Anna Lu.

Through Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (Apo Agua), AIC undertakes the Davao City Bulk The waterDavao City Supply Project (DCBWSP) The waterDistrict (DCWD) and presents the pioneer the water– the concept of an energy link with the country for the first time.

Apo Agua operates the Tamugan River as Davao City Bulk The waterProvide project area the watersource, displacing DCWD’s reliance on groundwater sources.

Harnessing the Tamugan River on its surface the watersource, the project the waterthe processing facility will be powered by renewable energy from a two-megawatt run-of-river hydroelectric facility. The gross the waterwill first pass through the turbines to generate power, which in turn will be used to power the the waterprocessing facility and processed products the water. The waterwill be fed by the project’s 65 km pipeline by gravity only.

Once operational, the DCBWSP will provide over 300 million liters of the waterper day to more than one million Davaoeños.

Meanwhile, LIMA The waterCorporation (LWC) is working towards adopting a Smart The waterNetwork in which its the waterinstallations are transformed into interconnected and intelligent systems. LWC is the end to end the waterservice provider of LIMA Estate, a 794 hectare industrial anchored development in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas. Thanks to Smart The waterNetwork, LWC the waterfacilities can communicate with each other and automatically adjust their operating configuration as needed. This is done by integrating supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and its corresponding digital output instruments such as the watercounters and sensors.

Using the data collected from the system, the LWC team is then able to better understand the demand pattern of locators. The system also notifies the team when there is an abnormality in the system, allowing them to repair and resolve issues as soon as possible and minimize the waterloss. In addition, LWC is able to ensure the safety of team members with its remote operation function, while improving resources management.

Once fully integrated, the Smart The waterThe network is expected to lead to even better operational efficiency and savings in terms of operating deep wells, automatic adjustment of transfer pumps and non-revenue the water(NRW) managementin accordance with its sustainability goals.

According to the United Nations, the Asia-Pacific region is home to 60% of the world’s population but has only 36% of the world’s population. the waterResources. Per inhabitant, the wateravailability is the lowest in the world. Unsustainable withdrawals of freshwater supplies are a major concern in the region. In the Philippines, 1 in 10 people still do not have access to the watersources according to the World Health Organization. The situation could worsen with climate change contributing to rising temperatures and drying out the watersources.

Lu encouraged more hydrological and hydrogeological studies to be carried out to determine the area the waterand the availability and sustainability of groundwater in the region as has been done previously by LIMA The waterin Batangas. She also recommended diversifying the waterresources by various means such as joint use of ground and surface water the wateras in Davao City, the collection of rainwater and the recycling of gray water.

AIC’s efforts to develop the watercontribute directly to the achievement of three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, namely: The waterand sanitation (SDG 6), help establish government policies to protect our the waterresources to foster sustainable cities and communities (UN SDG 11), as well as pursuing partnerships for the Goals (SDG17) with public and private sector partners to fund new the waterprojects and develop new technologies.

The Liveable Cities Lab on “Climate Resilience The waterManagement: Affordable quality The waterfor All” is presented by Liveable Cities Philippines in partnership with the British Embassy Manila co-presented by the League of Cities of the Philippines and Globe Telecom.