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Request for Sanitary Inspection of Swimming Pools
magie - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013, 4:09 PM
Our swimming pools have become green and slimy, roughly six months after being drained, regrouted and refilled.

The Olympic size swimming pool remained green despite numerous chlorine treatments:

The west kiddie pool is still unusable due to Tower 2 construction. Dirt has accumulated in the stagnant water:

Here's a closer shot a couple of days later:

We requested CBRE and SosaJB to replace the water since the pools have become virtually unusable. Residents who took the chance of swimming in the green waters later complained about sore eyes, skin diseases and diarrhea. Both former and current property managers maintained that the water is clean and that swimming pools are normally drained only once every two years. "Mas madumi pa ang bagong palit na tubig" was a statement the we could not take. We decided to request for sanitary inspection with the help of unit owners connected to the Quezon City Health Department. Below is our request as drafted by Ryan Estevez:

07 July 2013

City Health Officer III
Quezon City Hall
Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City 1101

Re: Request for Sanitary Inspection of Grass Residences Condominium Swimming Pools

Dear Dr. Inumerable,


For and in behalf of the Grass Residences Homeowners, we would like to request your good office to conduct a sanitary inspection of the swimming pools at Grass Residences Condominium, Brgy. Sto. Cristo, Quezon City. This request is due to some complaints of the residents allegedly acquiring some illnesses upon contact with the waters of the swimming pool besides the glaring fact that the waters in the pool are already green in color. As far as we can remember, the waters of the pools had not been replaced from the time it was last filled-up on the months before the summer season.

Again, this is our home and our hard-earned money, too. We cannot just seat on our side and see our children suffering from the illnesses that may be acquired from unsanitary swimming pools. From its appearance too, we cannot just dip into the pool to enjoy the amenities which were, for most of us, the very reason that convinced us to invest in this property. We just hope that your agency, which was tasked to implement the sanitary rules and regulations of this city, would extend its valuable service for the well-being of our residents.

Again, we would like to ask for your indulgence if you find this request too much to be acted upon. Thank you very much.

For and in behalf of the Grass Residences Homeowners,


cc: Sosa JB Property Management Corp.
Grass Residences-Tower I
Sto. Cristo, Quezon City

The President
Grass Residences Condominium Corporation
16F Two Ecom Center, Tower B
Bay Shore, Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City
Magie Antonio
magie - Thursday, Jul 25, 2013, 3:30 AM

Sanitation Inspector (SI) Maricar Karamihan arrived at around 6PM last Thursday, July 18 in response to our request for Sanitary Inspection of our swimming pools after follow-up by our fellow homeowner Grace Silla, who's also from the Quezon City Health Department. Unit owners Angelica Caballero, Magie Antonio, Terry Jacalan, Chit Bernardino, Arturo Atega, and Engels Antonio represented GRHA in the absence of official complainant Atty. Ryan Estevez. Also present from the property management side were Raffy and Randolph of SosaJB.

Ocular inspection of the water supply was initially conducted before the pool check. The SI also inspected the surrounding areas near the pool to check for possible mosquito nests. The water feature at the pool lounge which was converted into a plant box was identified as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Stagnant water under the gutter tiles around the pool was also suspect. SosaJB was reminded to monitor and clean stagnant water at Grass Residences, including those collected by plants as well as water stored in drums at the restroom near the badminton court in Parking Building A. They were also advised to intensify vermin control to prevent rats from contaminating the pools and causing leptospirosis, among other diseases.

The pungent odor emanating from the drainage near the east wing lobby entrance was also discussed. Arch. Atega requested Engr. Randolph for the structural plan to find out if the piping and drainage setup of Grass Residences is correct. SosaJB reported that our sewage treatment plant (STP) is not being properly maintained by the previous contractor, and that they already have a new provider who will hopefully do a better job. Poor design and maintenance of the STP, plus the fact that Grass Residences does not have a discharge permit, are the most probable causes of foul odor in front of Tower 1.

It was interesting to find out that while an occupancy permit was issued for Tower 1 in 2011, it does not have a sanitation permit up to now. What's more interesting is that Tower 3 does not even have an occupancy permit, yet units started being turned over and occupied last June 2013.

As a result of the inspection:

1. Periodic water potability tests will be conducted. Samples will be taken from 4 units per floor. Necessary corrections must be made until a certificate of potability is awarded. Target date is Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

2. Pools will finally be cleaned. Draining, cleaning, re-grouting of tiles, and water treatment will be done on each pool. SosaJB started with the lower pool last Monday, July 22, 2013. Once all pools are clean, they will be inspected by the SI.

3. SosaJB will provide a checklist with action plans based on the items discussed during the meeting.

We hope that SMDC will finally comply for the safety of all residents.
Magie Antonio
magie - Monday, Jul 29, 2013, 11:25 AM
One down, a bigger one to go:

Zooming in:

Magie Antonio
magie - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013, 1:23 AM
We (Magie Antonio, Chit Bernardino, Yolanda Ong) met with SosaJB (Raffy Zurbito) last week to follow-up the checklist and action plans that they promised to provide in response to the items discussed during our July 18 meeting.


1. Water potability test as required by QC SI Officer Ms. Maricar C. Karamihan for sanitary permit. Test for: 4 bottles per floor, cistern tank, overhead tank, four (4) pools at P750/bottle. Lab test will be initiated by SosaJB in a private laboratory. Result will then be submitted to the QC Health Office to be able to obtain a sanitary permit.

computed at P750/bottle:
4 bottles per floor X 38 floors +
1 cistern tank +
1 overhead tank +
4 pools = 156 total bottles X P750 = 117,000 pesos

SosaJB said that with other projects/condominiums they manage, only the sources of water (cistern tank and overhead tank) were tested for water potability. They said that they will apply the same to Grass Residences since 117k is too big an amount.

Note: Grass Residences does not have a sanitary permit for 2012 as CBRE failed to comply with this city health requirement.

2. The SI also recommended to change the plants fronting the pools (at the back of the Tower 1 lobby) since it is a source of mosquito nesting.
No feedback from SosaJB on this recommendation.

3. Additional trash can at the garbage room.
The "purchase of tilt cart and additional trash bins" will be processed.

4. Air-conditioner curtain at lobby.
They will submit a proposal on this since they still have to calculate the energy savings.

5. UV Ray use for swimming pool cleaning.
They need to "study the chemical cost vs electrical cost" on this proposal.

6. STP discharge permit
They said that "as per our STP operator, they discharge our effluent but does not know where."

7. One day whole day pool cleaning (preferable Monday)
Mr. Batino now also recommends this.

8. Inverted vent in all units rest room.
This is "care of the unit owner because it is already inside their own unit/s."

9. 35th floor center span door turns counter clockwise.
SosaJB advises "not to use the center span during emergency because it is an open area."

10. Pending questions for verification:
1. Who pays for the water consumption of the pools?
2. Does Tower 3 have an occupancy permit from the QC health office? (Even SMDC's Property Manager Rhemus Maramba claims not to know this)
3. Where is the pool water meter located?
4. Where is the clubhouse water meter located?
5. How much water is consumed by the common areas?

SosaJB will be done with the water potability test and will have their follow-up report ready by August 25, 2013.
Magie Antonio
magie - Monday, Aug 5, 2013, 6:25 PM
Rainy days and lack of personnel slowed the clean-up down.

Zooming in:

Magie Antonio
magie - Thursday, Aug 8, 2013, 12:30 PM
Clean-up complete, except for the west kiddie pool.

Residents are able to enjoy swimming in the infinity pool once again.

Cedric Bagtas
eighteen - Monday, Aug 12, 2013, 7:55 AM
Good job ng mga interim association officers! wag kayo magsasawa. mako-konsensya din ibang unit owners later para tumulong.
Tess Caudal
tess - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013, 12:06 PM
Thanks Ms. Maggie and company;
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