BWD refutes clean up

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Monday, July 14, 2014


NO CLEANUP operation was conducted at the Baguio Water District's (BWD) Amliang water sources since the Kabuyao tree cutting issue broke out involving Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping.

"As far as I know, wala pa naman (clean-up operation)," BWD's Non-Revenue Water Management OIC Division Manager Fernando Peria told Sun.Star Baguio.

Peria clarified although BWD personnel are continuously conducting ocular inspections on site but no clean-up operation was done.

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Peria called for mitigating measures to be performed as soon as possible by those liable for the destruction of the water sources by conducting a massive clean-up drive to at least lessen the volume of boulders, which totally covered the Amliang Springs.

Peria fears the Amliang sources cannot be utilized even if boulders are removed because they have observed the collection box spring is no longer accumulating water from the springs.

"That is an implication na yung mga conveyance lines ay totally clogged," he said.

He said this is why a massive clean up is necessary where not only the debris will be removed from the water sources but likewise a cleaning operation on the transmission lines.

The division manager added the tree planting activity in the road construction site "will not really contribute towards mitigating the soil erosion at the moment".

"In my opinion, that is not tantamount to stopping the continuing soil erosion kasi nga you've already destroyed yung talagang forest cover," he said adding not only trees are essential in maintaining the stability of the soil but also shrubs, grasses and other plants in the said forest reserve.

Moreover, the division manager ensured the water supply from Stage 1 - Spring 1 and 2 at Camp 6, Tuba, Benguet.

"They are still giving enough yield to this time to meet the demand requirement of KM 8 reservoir," he closed.

Thus, water supply is still enough for BWD's concessionaires despite the altered schedule.

BWD recently filed a criminal charges against Aliping and the three developers in the road construction before the Pollution Adjudication Board for violation of the Clean Water Act.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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