Water district cracks down on illegal connections

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


BAGUIO Water District (BWD) officer-in-charge Salvador Royeca is not taking illegal water connections lightly.

Royeca stressed the importance of their drive against illegal connections, especially after discovering some residents in Pula, Santo Tomas illegally tapping into the water supply of the BWD for use in their vegetable gardens.

Engr. Royeca said the illegal connections greatly deplete the already critical water supply of the city particularly during the summer months.

Since their discovery of the illegal connections, he said they were able to reduce the charging time of the water supply in the area from the previous 52 hours to only 28 hours.

He said they have methodologies to determine illegal water connections using the time it takes for them to supply water to houses in a particular service line.

As early as this month, he said they have already monitored some 27 illegal connections, which they are filing various cases to show there will be no letup on these illegal activities.

With the P796 million loans secured by the BWD for its Baguio Water System’s Rehabilitation and Expansion Project in the past years, Royeca said they were able to reduce system loss with the abandonment of old lines and opening of new service lines.

From the 47 percent system loss experienced in past years, the BWD was able to reduce its system loss to 31 percent last year, he said.

The water utility is now targeting some 20 to 25 percent system loss which he said is well within the standards set by the Local Water Utilities Administration.

“I hope we can sustain the rate of reducing system loss. But we will still remain with water scheduling to also service residences that are in elevated areas,” he said.

He said they have been activating new lines and stocking up water supply to augment the expected increase of water need during the summer months.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 04, 2013.

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