MCWD vows to cut waste for Earth Day

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


TO WASTE less water, the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) is shifting to other water sources.

The move forms part of the MCWD’s ongoing initiative to protect the environment, along with the existing programs on reforestation, watershed protection and river basin management.

Earth Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22. From using groundwater as its main source, MCWD will shift to surface water sources.

In a feasibility study, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) showed the MCWD’s groundwater sources and presented its projected water status by 2030 if the water district and other private developers continue to extract more groundwater.

The study showed that saltwater intrusion is reaching further inland and
could reach as far as Barangay Talamban.

In July this year, the water district will get part of its supply from the bulk water project of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Cebu Manila Water Development Inc., which is expected to deliver 18,000 cubic meters of water daily.

By entering into a contract with the two, MCWD will then be able to stop its other agreements with private suppliers.

The volume of water is also expected to increase to 35,000 cubic meters per day in the second year up the 20th year of the contract.

MCWD customers in northern Cebu, particularly in Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Lapu-Lapu City and several areas in Mandaue City, may benefit from the additional supply.

The study also highlighted the groundwater model, a scientific tool to forecast groundwater supply in its service area, which MCWD is using now.

The water district said it has also implemented measures to lessen losses of non-revenue water (NRW), mainly caused by leaks in the main lines and distribution lines and partly by pilferage.

Reducing the NRW could mean better service to the customers, the district said, since water will be delivered to them instead of being wasted. (RVC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 20, 2014.

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