Tuesday , June 19, 2018

Carbon: Bulk water delivery sked still ‘uncertain’

THE supply delivery schedule of Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI) to Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) remains uncertain, said Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon during the inauguration of the treatment plant on Thursday in Bangga Bagol, Barangay Granada.

Carbon said they have yet to know if the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) will allow the BBWI to temporarily connect their line to the pipes of Baciwa going to the reservoir in Purok Loygoy, also in Barangay Granada.

Baciwa is still waiting for the opinion of OGCC on the proposed amendments in the contract.

She added that the BBWI is still negotiating with the landowners to get a right-of-way for their pipes to pass from its water treatment plant to Baciwa's reservoir in Purok Loygoy.

“This inauguration is different from the interconnection story, and the final say is also within the Baciwa board of directors, if they will allow the BBWI to inject in the mainline with or without the opinion of the OGCC. This is a very risky decision,” Carbon added.

BBWI, a consortium of Mactan Rock Industries Inc., Tubig Pilpinas, and TGV Builders, had earlier proposed to directly inject water from their treatment plant in Bangga Bagol to the water pipes of Baciwa without passing through Baciwa’s reservoir in Purok Loygoy.

The Baciwa board of directors will conduct a meeting today to discuss the matter.

Carbon said they requested the OGCC to release the opinion yesterday, but it was delayed after they received a complaint which needs to be addressed first.

There are two pending cases filed with the National Water Resources Policy (NWRP) for the cancellation of the Ngalan water permit and petition for release of the Ngalan River permit from Baciwa to BBWI.

BBWI is using the Ngalan River in Barangay Granada as surface water source.

“The willingness to accept the water is there, but I have to protect the Baciwa board and the employees for this matter because they will be prone to cases. We are finding a solution so that they could deliver water,” Carbon added.

Lorendo Dilag, chairman of the Baciwa board, said the BBWI has water on their plant, but they cannot deliver it to Baciwa because they don't have a connection to the main pipes or a connection to the reservoir.

“The activity is only to test their water here, but it's not yet final on when they could deliver it, maybe it could be next week,” he said.

BBWI chairman Ryan Yapkianwee said they are waiting for the go-signal from Baciwa to deliver the water to its concessionaires.

“The plant is running and it can produce the necessary capacity and we are only waiting for a go-signal from Baciwa," he said.

The water treatment plant has three flocculation tanks, three lamella plate clarifiers, and seven multimedia filters.

From Ngalan River, an intake water weir will collect water through one of two intake pumps which will then pump water into the water treatment plant. After treatment, water will be directed to the pipe or reservoir of Baciwa and then distributed to Bacolod.

Also present in the activity were Councilors Bartolome Orola, Em Ang, and Wilson Gamboa, Baciwa board of directors and employees, city executive assistant Samuel Montoyo, and Barangay Granada officials.