MCWD allots P1.9B for project that may cause more traffic in Metro Cebu

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Friday, April 4, 2014


THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) has allotted P1.91 billion to improve its services and expand its pipeline in Metro Cebu.

The project is in line with MCWD’s goal to provide water to more people in its service area.

Pipelaying work and other activities will occur in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay and in the towns of Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela and Cordova.

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"We want to support the growth of these LGUs (local government units) and of Metro Cebu,” MCWD General Manager Armando Paredes said. “We want to ensure that we can serve the demand and that there will be a stable supply of affordable, safe and potable water.”

The water district produces only about 200,000 cubic meters a day or 43 percent of the total demand. It hopes to increase production to 60 percent in 2020, when demand is supposed to go up to 416,000 cubic meters a day.

MCWD said in a statement that it discuss the project with mayors concerned.

Traffic

It warned that the implementation of the project would affect vehicle traffic in the northern part of Metro Cebu. It urged motorists and commuters to be patient.

Mandaue City public information officer Roger Paler said the MCWD project would worsen the traffic situation, which has been affected by the road improvement project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7.

He said the Mandaue City Council is studying a proposal to prevent DPWH from simultaneously implementing road projects.

“We understand that our inconvenience today will be our convenience tomorrow but it (project) will need consultation and coordination with the LGU, particularly with Team (Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue) so that we can minimize the adverse impact on traffic,” Paler said.

More supply

He said it would be helpful for MCWD to inform Mandaue City Hall of specific areas that will be affected.

MCWD raised the need to improve and expand its pipeline once it starts getting water from the consortium of Cebu Provincial Government and Cebu Manila Water Development Inc. in June this year.

The consortium plans to tap the Luyang River in the northern town of Carmen to produce 35,000 cubic meters a day, which will be sold to MCWD. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 04, 2014.

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