By Joel Pinaroc
The local government of Quezon City will be pilot testing an automatic trash rake system that is expected to ease floodings in many areas.
The Automatic Trash Rake project will be tested on Balingasa Creek along Araneta Avenue, corner Mauban Street.
This will be the first such facility for Quezon City, and if proven successful, may be duplicated in other areas.
According to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Mario Montejo, the project cost for the Automatic Trash Rake was P9 million, but the amount can go still down once other facilities are installed.
The Automatic Trash Rake system can be installed in rivers and big creeks to collect garbage before the water goes to adjoining major creeks leading to the San Juan River, the DOST said.
Flooding has been a perennial problem in Quezon City particularly in the rainy season where clogged rivers and creeks in the city often overflow.
This project is in line with the rehabilitation of the polluted San Juan River caused by excessive garbage coming from upstream creeks. A Flood Control Facility will be put up on Balingasa Creek where the Automatic Trash Rake will be installed.
The DOST said the automated trash rake is an inclined conveyor-type garbage collection mechanism intended to improve garbage collection compared with the manual method which is currently used in Quezon City.
The local government of Quezon City and DOST signed in March of this year a memorandum of agreement to jointly develop the Automatic Trash Rake system.
The use of this technology is expected to make the collection of waste in waterways faster and easier.
The equipment was designed by a group of engineers from Quezon City’s Department of Engineering (DOE), Special Design Group (SDG), Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), Task Force Waterways (TFW), the DOST-MIRDC and the DOST’s Project Management and Engineering Design Services Office (PMEDSO).