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Envirokonsult Equipment and Services, Inc. is a company that takes on the dirty job to make everybody’s life cleaner. It is the top desludging truck supplier in the Philippines and the first service provider to acquire ISO Certification in Quality Management and Environmental Management Systems on septage collection, treatment, disposal, and reuse. 

Can you imagine making something out of ‘waste?’ Envirokonsult exactly does that. From its collection and transport via its tight-sealed vacuum trucks, it collects septage – a fluid mixture of sewage solids, liquids and sludge – which is then filtered and treated with enzymes. The treated water, according to standards set by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is safe for household re-use, except for drinking, or return to the natural streams and tributaries of lakes or bigger bodies of water near the community.

Envirokonsult’s facility located in a 3,330-square meter lot in Barangay Puypuy, Bay, Laguna was partially financed by a P70-million term loan from DBP. This treatment plant can handle 60-100 cubic meters of waste water a day for a service cluster of about 50,000 households and 3,500 business establishments.

When it started its waste treatment plant five years ago, it provided free services to government offices, schools, and hospitals in Bay town in Laguna province.

The waste treatment plant offers a safe method of purifying sludge. Garden owners, for instance, use treated water as fertilizer.

Envirokonsult operates on a fully mechanized and odorless process, according to the company’s Education and Information Consultant, Mio dela Cruz. Its CEO, Anthony Gedang, is an advocate of clean water management and of the Pasig River rehabilitation project.

The company has been working out a contract with water concessionaires in Laguna and shall soon expand its business in the Visayas and Mindanao.

(Note: This article was originally published by the Development Bank of the Philippines in the third issue of its DBP Development Banker magazine)