A mall-setting facility that will convert rainwater to potable water and help contribute to the city’s water conservation and recycling efforts was launched at SM City Baguio today.
“The rainwater filtration facility will supply the mall with enough potable water that can be redistributed to mall tenants for various uses including washing, cleaning and safe for drinking, to help reduce sourcing from the communities’ water table, leaving more water supply for the Baguio community to use,” SM Supermalls Senior Vice President Bien Mateo announced.
Water recycling since the 1990s, as the water-saving innovation is part of the company’s sustainability program towards responsible consumption and carbon footprint reduction, Mateo added.
“We invest in water conservation technology to eliminate water wastage and adopt stricter measures to reduce consumption. More innovations are being done to recycle more water and filter more rainwater across the properties and estates of the mall,” he said.
In 2022, the real estate developer has recycled a total of 3.58 million cubic meters of water across its properties in the Philippines.
As of June 2023, SM Prime has already installed water catchment basins in 25 malls to help prevent flooding as well as soil erosion during sudden high volumes of rainfall.
The rainwater catchment system can draw and store a total of 51 million liters of rainwater in a year, based on 2022 PAGASA rainfall volume for Baguio City. This is equivalent to 20 Olympic-size swimming pools, 13.4M gallons of drinking water, 373,510 full baths and 672,318 10-minute showers.
How does it work? During rain fall, rainwater is collected in the tank and treated for reuse within the mall. To make rainwater safe for use, the harvested water goes through a 6-step treatment processes – Multimedia Filtration, Water Softener, Activated Carbon, Ultra Filtration, Reverse Osmosis and Ozonization – the treated rainwater from the tank will be re-distributed as supply for the mall tenants for various uses including washing, cleaning and safe for drinking.
Working towards a better tomorrow for its communities, officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) have acknowledged the efforts of the mall in providing a long-term solution amidst the growing concern on water security.
“We are grateful for your attention to the predicament on water scarcity in Baguio City,” DENR Regional Director of CAR Engineer Jean Borromeo said.
“Water scarcity is one of the biggest issues that Baguio is facing today because deep wells have already dried up the city’s water table. It is good to see how [the company] is taking its responsibility to the environment seriously, practically addressing the biggest environmental threat to Baguio City.”
“This will greatly help reduce sourcing from the city’s water table and more water supply for the community to use. Not only does [the company] considers what’s best for its shopping customers, but also take into consideration the importance of water security as one of its priorities,” Borromeo added.#