THE Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) will hold the bidding for its six additional wells on May 24.
The six wells will augment Baciwa’s existing 60 wells, where most are dependent on Central Negros Electric Cooperative because of lack of generators to run the other wells during brownouts.
Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay said since there is a shortage of five million to six million liters of water everyday, they can supply to only 42,000 concessionaires out of the total 53,000 concessionaires.
“We have water shortage and Baciwa was not able to keep pace with the rapid growth of Bacolod City,” he said.
Macatangay noted that the last major improvement of Baciwa was from 2003 to 2006 yet.
Lawyer Lorendo Dilag, chairman of the Board of Directors, said the improvement projects require big investment and since Baciwa is not receiving subsidy from the local government and is not also receiving funds from the National Government, funding for such improvements will be sourced from a loan.
He added that the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc., the consortium of Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. and TVG Builders Inc., which signed a 25-year contract with Baciwa last year, will supply an additional 30 million liters of water daily starting July for the injection point in Barangay Granada.
The other injection point is in Barangay Mansilingan.
“It is supposed to be operational in October, but they informed us that they will be able to make it on July for the one sourced in Granada while in Mansilingan, it will be operational in October,” Dilag said.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on May 19, 2017.
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