Construction of desalination plant in Lapu-Lapu City ‘to start’ in October

FDC Utilities Inc., a subsidiary of Filinvest Development Corp., in partnership with Hitachi Aqua-Tech Engineering Pte. Ltd. will begin construction of a desalination plant in Lapu-Lapu City before November this year.

Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) chairman Jose Daluz III made the announcement on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022.

“By the end of October, we will be signing (the contract) and the actual construction of the 30 MLD (millions of liter per day) desalination plant in Barangay Marigondon will start,” Daluz said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Daluz said the water produced by the plant will cost P73 per cubic meter, but the MCWD will sell it based on the amount consumers are currently paying. He said the MCWD also eyes buying water from the 20 MLD desalination plant that Vivant Hydrocore Holdings Inc. is building in Cordova town.

Other possible sources include the 25 MLD desalination plant in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City and the 15 MLD desalination plant in Barangay Subabasbas, Lapu-Lapu City, both of which will be built this year, he said.

Meanwhile, Daluz welcomed Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s announcement that the company of billionaire Enrique Razon, chairman of Manila Water Co., will build a dam in Cebu.

The water from the dam will reportedly be sold to the water district for P20 per cubic meter.

“I will support the program of the mayor and MCWD is always behind him on this project because this is good for the City of Cebu because like it or not, we really need a dam for our surface water, especially when the water costs only P20 per cubic meter,” Daluz said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, MCWD opened the P1.1 billion Lusaran Water Depot in Barangay Busay, Cebu City.

The bulk water facility can provide 20,000 cubic meters of water per day and is expected to supply around 40,000 households.