(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 18 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, 13 March 2024

Surigao Port uses water air harvester to fill water supply gap during El NiΓ±o

By Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte (PIA) -- The Port Management Office (PMO) in Surigao City recently exhibited the use of a device called an atmospheric water generator (AWG) system to harvest water from the air as the office’s remedy for water scarcity, especially with the onset of the El NiΓ±o season.


The device is manufactured by an Indian company that extracts clean drinking water from the air, offering a reliable and renewable source of water in the face of potential shortages.


The system includes a water block designed for large-scale production, capable of generating up to 250 to 300 liters of clean water daily. Each water block can generate up to 10-12 liters of water per hour.


It has a 500-liter water tank and a backup generator for uninterrupted operation when power is not available. 


PMO Surigao manager Froilan Caturla shared that while the country has high humidity like other tropical nations that often brings discomfort, this also presents an opportunity for  AWG technology to harness this humidity, converting it into refreshing potable water. 


“The Philippines, with its consistently high relative humidity of 60 to 80 percent, is an ideal environment for this technology to thrive. This innovative approach shows promise for mitigating water scarcity challenges in the country, offering a sustainable and reliable solution to address water scarcity,” Caturla said. 


He also shared that the equipment is a promising innovation that will help them address water scarcity considering that they are not only catering to the needs of PMO’s personnel but also the needs of the passengers, saying, “Ito po ay malaking tulong na mabigyan namin sila ng sanitary potable water, not only for passengers but also for our port workers.”

The Port Management Office in Surigao City, under the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), showcased the use of the AWG system, a device that will help the office address water scarcity and access to safe drinking water, especially this El NiΓ±o season. Photo courtesy of PMO-Surigao City. 

[This is a big help, so we can provide sanitary and potable water not only for the passengers but also for our port workers.]


Caturla underscored that this innovation formed part of the PMO’s corporate social responsibility as it served as a quick response to natural disasters when affected residents badly needed access to safe drinking water and logistic problems like transporting fresh drinking water hundreds of miles could be avoided.


“With this technology, a sustainable and portable source of water is now available for everyone,” the port manager added. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte with a report from PPA-PMO Surigao)