District water reports P66,000 daily systems loss

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


THE Baguio Water District (BWD) incurs a daily systems loss of 18,000 cubic meters of water supply, which approximately amounts to P66,000 daily losses.

BWD Assistant General Manager Engr. Salvador Royeca said the 37 percent systems loss was due to old pipes, underground leaks, inefficient water meters, high system pressure and illegal connections.

“Any increase in the systems loss will have to be shouldered by the water district through its own operations,” Royeca answered when asked who are compensating for the said losses.

He also revealed even salaries and benefits of the BWD employees are being jeopardized due to the losses.

Considering it is the 35-year-old water distribution system of Baguio City, which dates back to the 1970s, he said the 37 percent systems loss is still reasonable.

“20 percent to 30 percent is the ideal systems loss range for any water system,” he added.

However, Royeca said the BWD is able to manage its problems.

Since the BWD is a self-generating group, Royeca added it does not receive any funding from the government in carrying out its operations and in addressing different concerns.

The agency is able to work through its pipeline rehabilitation and replacement with the assistance from the Australian Agency for International Development.

They conduct re-piping works, regular meter test, tank seepages and reservoirs inspection and water flow measurement monitoring to muddle through its high systems loss.

The Aus-AIDed project dedicated to rehabilitate Areas 1 and 2 in the city, comprising the central business district, Magsaysay Avenue, Bokawkan, Kennon, Quezon Hill, Quirino Hill, Irisan and Marcos Highway, costs P798 million.

Royeca announced the 75 percent of the two mentioned areas are covered.

Meanwhile, P30 million was allotted to accomplish old lines re-piping in Area 3 (Loakan, Trancoville and Aurora Hill), which is expected to be completed next year.

In line with their efforts to ease the high systems loss, BWD asked the City Council to come up with a resolution asking the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) to deputize the water distributor to implement some provisions of Baguio City’s Local Water Code.

BWD said restricting them of the power and the authority over different operations related to their organization contributes to their systems loss.

Though questioned by some of the City Councilors for its implication to take away the right of the Local Government Unit over the BWD as stated by Councilor Philian Weygan-Allan, the resolution was approved during the Regular Session. (Kristine de Velez/UPB Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 09, 2012.

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