More illegally connected pipes uncovered in Boracay’s drainage system

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Boracay Island Water Co., Inc. has plugged 36 more illegally connected pipes to the island’s drainage system, its parent firm said on Wednesday, June 13, as the water company takes part in the island’s drainage clearing operations.

“We need everyone to act responsibly and to properly connect to a reliable sewer system to permanently put a stop to the illegal connections of sewer lines to the drainage system which is intended solely for rain water and not wastewater. These illegal acts of violators have become the main cause of our system overflows polluting our waters,” said Joseph Michael Santos, Boracay Water general manager and chief operating officer.

The plugging of the illegally pipe connections is part of the continuing efforts by the company to ensure proper wastewater management on the island in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). — Victor V. Saulon