ANTIPOLO CITY – Tourists may soon see a revitalized Hinulugang Taktak as the city government has partnered with Manila Water for a sewage treatment plant project in the said area.
Mayor Andrea Bautista Ynares recently signed a usufruct agreement with the East Zone water concessionaire, Manila Water, in relation to the city government’s plan to put up a Waste Water Management Treatment Plant (WWMTP) in the area leading to the waterfalls.
Present during the signing of agreement were Mayor Ynares, Manila Water president and CEO Rene Almendras, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, and Manila Water chief operating officer Abelardo P. Basilio.
In the agreement, Manila Water agrees to construct the WWMTP within a period of five years from effectivity. Once completed, it shall be exclusively operated by Manila Water in coordination with the city government, according to the office of Mayor Ynares.
The city government said that with the construction of WWMTP, 16 million liters of wastewater can be processed per day.
“The falls will be an attraction in itself since the water is already treated (after WWMTP completion), bringing back the old glory of the famed falls,” said former Antipolo Mayor Jujun Ynares III in a text message.
Tree-planting activities and regular clean-up events are regularly held in the vicinity of the waterfalls as part of the local government’s rehabilitation initiatives.
Prior to the pandemic, the city government has started introducing attractions such as wall climbing, zip line, spider web, and basketball court in the park area, a protected site co-managed by the DENR, Rizal provincial government, and the city.