Mabilog alerts MIWD on intrusion of salt water-A A +A
Friday, January 3, 2014
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has alerted the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) on the possible intrusion of saltwater to the city’s ground water table.
Mabilog said he already monitored some cases of salt water intrusion, which has disturbed the ground water aquifers and affected the environment.
The mayor said the city is in need of enough water supply, as the city is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) meeting by October 2015.
He said he does not want the foreign delegates to taste salt in their water supply.
Mabilog said the resumption of the old regular members of MIWD is a good way to start the New Year and the regular board must come up with measures to ensure water supply to more than 21,000 water concessionaires in the city.
The City is still reeling with water shortage as MIWD failed to supply the needed 25,000 cubic meters per day due to misunderstanding with its contracted bulk water supplier.
Mabilog urged the regular board to conduct a seamless operation since the Maasin watershed and the Cabatuan water sedimentation plant are only producing some 10,000 cubic meters per day of water and very short of the 30,000 cubic meter needs of franchised concessionaires.
Mabilog said he is amenable to the bulk water supply project of a private contractor but the project was stagnated due to misunderstanding between MIWD management and the supplier. (Lydia C. Pendon)