Oro's wa­ter sup­ply nearly back to nor­mal

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By PJ Orias

GOOD news for lo­cal wa­ter con­sumers.

The Rio Verde Wa­ter Con­sor­tium Inc. (RVWCI) is now back to sup­ply­ing about 40,000 cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter per day, though some ar­eas in the city has still zero wa­ter sup­ply, two weeks since faucets have dried up in the western parts of Ca­gayan de Oro.

En­gi­neer Jof­frey Hap­i­tan, RVCWI se­nior vice pres­i­dent for op­er­a­tions, said that Rio Verde has been sup­ply­ing more than 40,000 cu­bic me­ters per day, since Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

The wa­ter sup­ply is de­liv­ered to the Ca­gayan de Oro City Wa­ter Dis­trict's (COWD) take-off point at Pue­blo de Oro.

“We have al­ready com­plied with our ba­sic obli­ga­tion to COWD,” Hap­i­tan said, adding the dis­tri­bu­tion of the wa­ter sup­ply is now up to COWD.

“As to the over­all sta­tus of wa­ter sup­ply in the western area, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the ser­vice provider which is the COWD,” he added.

But En­gi­neer Bien­venido Batar, COWD as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager for his part, said the wa­ter has still not reached barangay Lumbia, in­clud­ing the Youngsville Sub­di­vi­sion and Pag­ibig Ci­ti­homes in Opol town, Misamis Ori­en­tal.

Batar said this is be­cause pres­sure at the de­liv­ery point is “prac­ti­cally zero”.

“Wa­ter sup­ply is back, but it can­not reach far ar­eas, be­cause wa­ter pres­sure is zero. And we need the pres­sure gyud for wa­ter to reach the af­fected house­holds,” Batar said.

Mean­while, con­struc­tion of cof­fer­dam is in progress, while re­pair of the da­m­aged un­der­wa­ter pipe will start on Wed­nes­day, and will be com­pleted on Oc­to­ber 15.

It can be re­called that the pipe­line was da­m­aged due to earthquake and wa­ter cur­rent of the Ca­gayan river.

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