Search starts for another waste pipeline in Boracay

Nony Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2018 01:23 AM

BORACAY, Aklan - Authorities are digging for another pipeline believed to be discharging wastewater on the beachfront of Boracay island.

Richard Fabila, chief of City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Boracay, said he documented black and smelly water coming from a holding tank in the area last May 5.

The environment department and CENRO noted on Tuesday that wastewater seems to be flowing from the holding tank. 

Fabila believes that some establishments are tapping illegally into the holding tank.

"Dahil sa mga paghuhukay na ito may iba pang na expose, tulad nito na sinasabi nila na isa itong condemned end point ng isang creek, kaya lang may mga instances na nag-oover flow daw," he said.

"Hindi naman talaga mag-overflow ito kung walang nagko-connect dito kasi kung stagnant water ito dapat hindi siya nag overflow."

This is the third time that CENRO has discovered wastewater flowing out of illegally connected pipelines. 

Fabila said more illegal connections will be dug out soon as ground penetrating radar continues to plot the whole island of Boracay.

"It will be a sweeping detection of all underground pipelines," he said.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau uses the GPR to detect the ground movement of water, which led to the discovery of an illegal pipeline in the beachfront of Station 2.