SOME lines in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s longest poem, still ring in our ears each time there is a heavy downpour and city streets turn into virtual rivers and lakes.
Coleridge says, “Water, water, everywhere,/ And all the boards did shrink;/ Water, water, everywhere,/ Nor any drop to drink.”
Of course, he was referring to the undrinkable seawater, not the floods in the city.
But Metro Cebu residents who still have no water connections may share the same thought whenever their neighborhood is flooded during heavy rains.
They have so much water around them, but they don’t have a drop to drink as the water overflowing from canals and esteros is filthy.
Really? No, unlike a mariner on a ship stuck in a motionless sea, they just have to go to the nearest water refilling station and buy the expensive purified MCWD water.
And they will have to continue doing that for some time as the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) is putting on hold all connection applications in around 35 areas in Metro Cebu until it can tap a new water source.
Charmaine Kara, MCWD spokesperson, said one of the reasons there is little or no water pressure in these areas is because most are located in elevated interiors.
Well, if they live in elevated areas, at least they’re safe from the floods.
Kara said MCWD produces around 270,000 cubic meters of water a day, but can only supply at least 50 percent of the total water demand in Metro Cebu.
She said the water district has to gather enough volume to boost up the pressure to reach the elevated areas. In the meantime, she said MCWD suspended connection applications in these areas.
It’s as simple as that. Of what use is a water connection if there’s no water coming out from the taps? But how about harvesting rainwater, which inundates their villages?
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 13, 2017.
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