20,000 An­ge­les res­i­dents af­fected by wa­ter cri­sis

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AN­GE­LES CITY — More than 20,000 res­i­dents in two vil­lages here are af­fected by wa­ter cri­sis.

This was dis­closed by Coun­cilor Je­sus “Jay” Sangil, who told SunS­tar Pam­panga that the An­ge­les CIty Wa­ter Dis­trict (ACWD) should re­solve the is­sue im­me­di­ately in or­der to save the res­i­dents of Barangay Mar­got and Sa­pang­bato from posi­ble health prob­lems.

Dur­ing a re­cent coun­cil dis­cus­sion, ACWD man­ager Rey­naldo Liwanag in­formed the city of­fi­cials that they can fixed the wa­ter cri­sis in at least four months.

But ac­cord­ing to Sangil, four months is too long. “We can­not let our 20,000 con­stituents suf­fer for an­other four months.”

He even branded the wa­ter provider to be “inef fi ci ent .”

“Da­pat nag-due dili­gence muna sila at inan­tic­i­pate ang sit­u­a­tion. With mag­ni­tude prob­lem that hit the two barangays. Hindi mai­i­wasan na mag isip ang at­ing mga kababayan na basta ku­mita lang wala ng malasakit,” Sangil said.

Sangil urged the ACWD to “give up” and “give way” to a more re­li­able wa­ter util­ity provider to stop the month long suf­fer­ing of the res­i­dents.

Clark Wa­ter, which is tem­po­rar­ily sup­ply­ing wa­ter to the res­i­dents, ad­justed its ra­tioning pe­riod from three to six hours, the coun­cilor said.

“The usual 9 pm to 12 mid­night was ex­tended to 6 pm to 12 mid­night at the in­stance of the An­ge­les City coun­cil,” he added.

Sangil has cited in what he de­scribed as “log­i­cal so­lu­tion” which is to al­low Clark Wa­ter to serve Sa­pang­bato and Mar­got.

“Since, ACWD is only buy­ing bulk wa­ter from Clark wa­ter. Mas prac­ti­cal kasi bakod lang po ang pag­i­tan ng dalawang barangay sa Clark kung saan nandiyan po ang main Clark wa­ter sta­tion,” Sangil sai d.

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