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Saturday, June 14, 2014


CEBU CITY - The Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) is asking the public to store water today, Sunday, in preparation for the full opening of classes tomorrow.

Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara, MCWD’s public affairs manager, told Sun.Star Cebu Saturday that they are expecting a reduced supply of water on Monday because of heavy demand from residential areas, particularly from dormitories and boarding houses where students live.

Also, MCWD’s target daily production of water has decreased since the Buhisan Dam and the Jaclupan Weir in Talisay City were affected by the dry season.

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Kara said that MCWD’s target daily production is 203,216 cubic meters and they are having a deficit of over 10,000 cubic meters due to the lack of rain in the past months.

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BATHING AND BONDING. A mother and her child bathe outside their house in Barangay Lorega, Cebu City, where a fire last March also destroyed most of the community’s water pipes. (Sun.Star photo/Alex Badayos)


“Our deficit is averaging 12,000 cubic meters per day this week alone,” she added.

Asked what areas can expect problems on Monday, Kara said intermittent water supply will be experienced in the elevated and interior parts of Barangays Lahug, Talamban, Quiot, Banawa in Guadalupe and Oprra in Kalunasan in Cebu City.

Intermittent water supply is also expected in the elevated and interior parts of Talisay City, Tabunok, Lagtang, Mandaue City, Consolacion and Liloan.

Low pressure to no water will be experienced in areas that are at the ends of MCWD’s pipeline system.

This includes the pier area in Cebu City, Looc in Mandaue City and the coastal areas of Lapu-Lapu City.

Because of this, Kara said they are advising the public to store water today to avoid inconvenience tomorrow.

Kara said that of the 160,000 connections MCWD has all throughout their franchise area, 85 percent of them are considered residential, including dormitories and boarding houses.

“Can you just imagine bisan half lang ana where students live magdungan ug gamit ig kabuntag, so dako gyud siya ug effect (Can you just imagine if even half of those households simultaneously use water in the morning? The effect will be huge),” she said.

MCWD’s franchise area covers the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Talisay, and the towns of Cordova, Compostela, Liloan and Consolacion. (PDF)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 15, 2014.

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