OFFICIALS of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) are set to face the City Council's committee on public utilities on Tuesday, October 3, to explain their side on the ongoing water crisis that grips COWD's west service area.
Ladele Sagrado, COWD public information and relations division manager, said they received the letter from the City Council on Monday, October 2, though he agrees that the invitation is a better avenue for them to update the present situation especially on the repair works made by COWD's bulk water supplier, Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc.
"Dili na ikatingala kung ipatawag mi kay concern pud na nila ug mas maayo para naay opportunity nga ma-explain ang situation," Sagrado said.
Sagrado said the COWD is feeling sorry for the water crisis that caused inconvenience to water consumers since last week.
But, Sagrado assured that COWD is taking responsibility and set immediate measures to mitigate the problem.
"We feel sorry for those affected kay perwisyo gayud pag walay tubig but we assure nga gihatagan sa COWD og utmost importance kay dili man gud nato kontrolado ni kay ang repair is sa end sa atong bulk supplier nga facility though we take responsibility kay sa COWD man naka-kontrata," Sagrado said.
"Wala gyud nagkulang ang COWD kay in fact kanunay nato gipa-check ang status sa repair works," Sagrado added.
The Rio Verde's main pipeline submerged under the Cagayan de Oro River had been wrecked by strong water current, thus hampers their system and operation.
Villages in the city's first district and Opol, Misamis Oriental were affected by long hours of water interruption since Tuesday, last week.
"Ang action gihimo sa Rio Verde is to resume the soonest bahala dili kato usual flow rate and volume kay kung wala sila mogamit sa back up line nila wala gyud silay tubig ma-deliver. Nag-speed up na repair works sa main pipeline katong submarine pump nga ga-cross sa CDO river kanang duol sa Taguanao bridge," Sagrado said.
Sagrado said the COWD employs the help of the fire department and other fire volunteers to make use of their fire trucks to deliver water to some affected areas.
The COWD also conducted valve adjustments to distribute available water to its concessionaires from their production wells in Balulang and Calaanan which are operational.
"We exhaust all the help we can get," Sagrado said, adding that
rains have caused a little delay in the repair works but they hope it will be finished in 10 days.
"Magtrabaho gihapon bisan ulan pero medyo lisod kay maka-delay gamay sa trabaho kay delikado ug maka-compromise sa safety like kung naay welding works," Sagrado said.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 03, 2017.