Green Filters Showcase for the Philippines:
A Pilot Implementation of Constructed Wetland System
for Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Green Village
The Green Filters Project aimed to demonstrate a method of treating domestic waste using a technology that employs natural and local resources. Specifically, its objectives were to:
- Provide an economically- and ecologically-sound alternative technology for treating domestic waste before it is released to the waterway;
- Contribute to food and water security in the community;
- Establish a model for economically- and ecologically-sound alternative technology for treating domestic waste in the area; and
- Increase the awareness of local communities and the LGUs on the problems caused by pollution and its effects on people and the natural ecosystems.
The project site for the pilot implementation of a constructed wetland is within the Green Village of the Life Project 4 Youth Foundation (LP4Y) for the social and professional integration of young adults in extreme poverty and exclusion. The Green Village is a 1.5 hectare property where LP4Y will develop their training center, dormitory, guest houses, greenhouse and restaurant. The property is within a resettlement area in Calauan that is home to about 700 relocators from the City of Makati. It is also adjacent to a creek that acts as receptacle of not just liquid waste but also solid waste from nearby residential houses. The creek drains to an irrigation canal that flows to waterways that eventually empties to Laguna de Bay.