COWD: wa­ter cri­sis to last 10 more days

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias and Al­wen Salir­ing

Wa­ter con­sumers in the western part of the city may have to en­dure lit­tle to no wa­ter com­ing out of their taps for while longer as the Rio Verde Wa­ter Con­sor­tium Inc. Is ask­ing for 10 more days to com­plete the re­pairs of a busted wa­ter pipe, a Ca­gayan de Oro City Wa­ter District (COWD) of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

Engr. Bien­venido V. Batar, Jr., COWD As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager, asked the pub­lic for more pa­tience as the wa­ter short­age will con­tinue un­til next week.

“Ang pipe na nag-leak naa sa Ca­gayan River, gawas sa loss sa tubig, dunay dan­ger of con­tam­i­na­tion, so ki­na­hanglan I-con­tain and I-re­pair sa siya,” he said.

“When they started to re­pair it early this week, ila man tong gi-di­vert ang pipe­line na 200 mm diha sa Tagua­nao, so dunay sup­ply na gamay pero dili enough. About 30% ang kaku­lan­gon sa wa­ter sup­ply sa west side, dili gasaka sa el­e­vated areas sa western part,” he said.

Batar said areas from barangay Patag to Opol town in Misamis Ori­en­tal, in­clud­ing Up­per Car­men will be ad­versely af­fected by the wa­ter cri­sis.

Batar said the re­pair would take time since the leaked pipe is on the river bed. To re­pair it, Batar said, they still have to block off the wa­ter to ac­cess the leak­ing parts.

“This is a big work so we can­not do any­thing but wait,” he said.

While wait­ing for the wa­ter sup­ply to nor­mal­ize, Batar said the COWD is mo­bi­liz­ing its tankers to de­liver wa­ter in the af­fected areas.

He said they also plan to tap the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion to aug­ment wa­ter sup­ply.

“We would like to ask pa­tience to our wa­ter con­sumers, rest as­sured we are co­or­di­nat­ing with Rio Verde to bring wa­ter sup­ply back the soon­est pos­si­ble, and we are also closely mon­i­tor­ing their work,” he said.

Some 80 per­cent of the city's pop­u­la­tion, liv­ing mostly in the western part of Ca­gayan de Oro, source their wa­ter from wa­ter sup­plied by Rio Verde to the COWD.

The wa­ter cri­sis in the western side of the city has been felt by res­i­dents since Tues­day this week.

Some 80 per­cent of the city's pop­u­la­tion, liv­ing mostly in the western part of Ca­gayan de Oro, source their wa­ter from wa­ter sup­plied by Rio Verde to the COWD.

Bubunawan River in Pualas, Baun­gon, Bukid­non is where Rio Verde Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion sources its raw wa­ter, pump­ing the wa­ter to a chem­i­cal treat­ment sys­tem to pro­duce World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion-stan­dard qual­ity potable wa­ter.

The east­ern part of the city re­mains un­af­fected as 100 per­cent of its wa­ter sup­ply is sourced from COWD wells.

As of this writ­ing, the COWD said the areas af­fected are still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low pres­sure to no wa­ter sup­ply.

“Tem­po­rar­ily, the Rio Verde is us­ing their 400mm HDPE pipe along Pe­laez bridge to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing arounf 1,250 cu­bic me­ters per day,” COWD spokesper­son Ladelle Sa­grado said in an ad­vi­sory.

Mean­while, City Coun­cilor Leon Gan wants the COWD to face the City Coun­cil to ex­plain the con­tin­u­ing wa­ter sup­ply prob­lem .

“Hata­gan gyud na og at­ten­tion sa COWD kay wala ta kahibalo naunsa na,”Gan said.

Gan said he wanted to know the mea­sures made by the COWD to solve the prob­lem.

“Ki­na­hanglan maka-ex­plain ang COWD kay tubig baya ni. Unya para pud masayod ta un­say gik­i­na­hanglan ug i.cor­rect,”Gan said.

The City Coun­cil’s mi­nor­ity floor leader said he may bring this mat­ter up dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion on Mon­day, next week.

Coun­cilor Nadya Emano-Elipe said many peo­ple are al­ready frus­trated by the de­lay in solv­ing the wa­ter prob­lem.

“An­gay gyud tan-awon cause ang mga tao gabayad baya para sa maong ser­bisyo. Uyon kaayo ko nga ipatawag ang COWD para matubag and mahibal-an Kung Unsa gyud ang prob­lema kay looy kaayo ang mga apek­tado,”Emano-Elipe said.

“Wa­ter district lang sa sig­uro ang ipatawag un­less mo-In­gon sila nga ang gadala Karon sa wa­ter district is the Metro Pa­cific. Rio Verde sup­plier Lang man sa metro pa­cific,”Emano-Elipe added.

Fely Sato, a res­i­dent of Ma­can­han, Car­men, said low to no wa­ter sup­ply has caused them too much hassle as it ham­pers their daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Murag kapin se­m­ana na kini nga prob­lema. Ha­sol kaayo gyud,”Sato said.

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