BWD sets early prepa­ra­tion for sum­mer

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BAGUIO Wa­ter Dis­trict has laid out early con­tin­gency mea­sures to as­sure sta­bil­ity of wa­ter sup­ply for its 2019 sum­mer op­er­a­tion.

BWD Gen­eral Man­ager Engr. Sal­vador Royeca said timely prepa­ra­tions re­duce stress to the dis­trict if con­ceiv­able prob­lems are al­ready mon­i­tored this early.

“We need to pre­pare for the up­com­ing dry sea­son. This has been a reg­u­lar prac­tice for the Dis­trict, but as al­ways we need to make sure that the res­i­dents of Baguio in­clud­ing the an­tic­i­pated num­ber of vis-

itors will have suf­fi­cient sup­ply of wa­ter early next year,” Royeca said.

Royeca said tem­po­rary wa­ter short­age dur­ing sum­mer par­tic­u­larly in the peak months from Fe­bru­ary to May af­fect the bal­ance be­tween wa­ter sup­ply and de­mand.

In such con­di­tions, Royeca said the lone wa­ter util­ity ad­justs its op­er­a­tions for an eq­ui­table wa­ter sup­ply to its con­sumers.

“We need to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity that once our wa­ter sources reach crit­i­cal lev­els we have to ad­just our sup­ply. As far as we are con­cerned BWD has to equally dis­trib­ute wa­ter in its ju­ris­dic­tion and if needed we have to ad­just.” he added.

De­spite the an­nual tem­po­rary wa­ter short­age, Royeca em­pha­sized there will be suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply but re­minded the pub­lic to still prac­tice wa­ter con­ser­va­tion.

“Our sources are fi­nite or not in­fi­nite and have its lim­its; we should re­mem­ber that. We can­not abuse them or else it will only re­sult to an even greater prob­lem in the fu­ture,” said Royeca adding BWD’s con­tin­gency mea­sures should be com­pli­mented by its con­sumers.

Royeca also cited the im­por­tance of the com­ple­tion of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re-op­er­a­tion of the Sto. To­mas Rain Basin (STRB) in March this year.

STRB, the largest wa­ter im­pound­ing fa­cil­ity op­er­ated by BWD serves as a wa­ter re­serve and caters to more than 6,000 con­nec­tions in the south­ern area of the city dur­ing sum­mer.

At present, the lone wa­ter util­ity in the Sum­mer Cap­i­tal op­er­ates a to­tal of 64 deep­wells with 25 booster sta­tions and four spring sources; serv­ing 122 out of the 129 barangays in Baguio with around 43,000 billed con­nec­tions.

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