VERTICAL FILTER Dutch System Pushed to Cleanse Waste Water

The Department of Science and Technology XI  has urged Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt and use environmental-friendly technologies such as the Vertical Helophyte Filtration System (VHFS) invented by a Dutch water engineer that will help filter and cleanse waste water .

The VHFS is patterned from the designs of Netherland’s leading water technology that utilizes plants in effectively cleansing waste and absorbs pollutants from waste water.

DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales, said on Wednesday Habi at Kape media forum that after the Dutch water engineering and waste management expert, Sean Ligvoet introduced the technology to DOST, the government agency is eyeing to first use it in food processing establishments and small businesses.

Sales said it is a type of technology used in households in the Netherlands that  garnered good result.

​“A pilot testing of the innovation was launched in Davao’s Porky Best and it was a success, it has been proven to be efficient in transfiguring wastes into Class A/B water approved by the​ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),” said Sales.

Sales said the cost of the technology when they tested it with Porky Best is at around P100,000 and VHFS also has a life-span of 25 years.

 “This technology would help minimize the contamination of the water systems in the region,” he said.

According to Sales the equipment will be attached to the septic tank and then the water from the septic tank will be sucked out to proceed to the filter, when it goes out, it is already clean. The filtered waste water will not be as detrimental to the environment.

Currently, DOST XI is tailoring the VHFS to be installed in the Maa slaughterhouse since this technology needs to be customized to make sure it suits the demands of the certain industry depending on the type of pollutant it has.

 “DOST is currently designing it in such a way that would fit the demands of the slaughterhouse.

Sales said this is a challenge as the pollutants in the slaughterhouse are different and so the DOST is currently designing it in such a way that would fit the demands of the slaughterhouse. They are also doing the same with a poultry farm in Mintal, Davao City.

Sales said they are trying to customize VHFS with different types of industries to make sure it suits the demands of the certain industry depending on the type of pollutant it has as well.

Meanwhile, Sales said DOST is piloting the project in a poultry farm in Tugbok, Davao City.