To protect Calamba City’s main source of water – Bucal spring – from contamination, the Calamba Water District will build a sewage treatment plant for 153 households located near the spring. Outbreaks of waterborne disease in 2008 prompted the water district to reach out to the city government and the USAID Philippine Sanitation Alliance for assistance in addressing the problem. A groundbreaking ceremony for the treatment plant was held on September 28, 2010 with water district officials and City Mayor Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. expressing their support for the project. Calamba Water District Chairman of the Board Nestor Liquido said “We are here to signify a commitment … not just to comply with the Clean Water Act, but a commitment to do our part as Filipinos to protect our water sources, to preserve and maintain our environment.” The project was earlier approved by the barangay and city through local government ordinances, which also include a second phase that will provide septic tank desludging services to all city residents on a 3 to 5-year cycle, and proper treatment and disposal of the collected septage. A user fee will be added to the Calamba Water District monthly water bills, and the water district will collect payments from non-water district customers.