TO MAKE sure there will be enough water in the urban barangays, Cebu City’s disaster management office has given P1.1 million to fix or install artesian wells.

These funds were given to the Patubig Project of the Department of Public Services (DPS) and were part of efforts to address the effects of El Niño, said Councilor Dave Tumulak.

“The Patubig Project of DPS has funds for the artesian wells but the disaster office decided to augment it because we don’t want the urban barangays to suffer from water problems,” said Tumulak, who heads the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and

Management Council.

DPS maintains 1,284 operational artesian wells in the city.

Technicians are fixing other artesian wells to allow residents to use these again, Tumulak said.

At present, 31 mountain barangays are experiencing a water supply shortage brought about by the dry spell. In the last three months, Cebu’s rainfall has fallen below its average rainfall for the period.

Yet even with artesian wells getting fixed, some urban barangays that get water from the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) have reported low water supply for weeks now.

Last week, MCWD confirmed low water supply in some areas of Cebu City and Talisay City after the Jaclupan Water Facility’s production dropped.

From its average normal production of 33,000 cubic meters per day, Jaclupan can only produce 10,000 cubic meters at present. Some areas in Cebu City have only six hours of water supply a day, as a result.

These areas include Bulacao, Inayawan, Cogon Pardo, Quiot, Kinasang-an, Basak Pardo, Basak San Nicolas, Mambaling, Punta Princesa, Tisa, Labangon, Banawa-Salvador, Calamba, Sambag 1, Sambag 2, Pahina Central, Sawang Calero, Pasil, Ermita, Taboan, Kalubihan, Carbon Market, Santa Cruz, Cogon Ramos, San Antonio, Day-as, T. Padilla, Tejero, Lorega, Carreta, part of M. J. Cuenco Ave., Osmeña Blvd., part of Guadalupe, M. Velez, Capitol Site and portions of Kamputhaw.

The P1.1 million, Tumulak said, will pay for pipes, brass cylinders, leather cups and jetmatic pumps that will be used to fix artesian wells.

After the funds were downloaded to DPS, the department started the repairs last January.

Tumulak asked the public to report any damaged wells in their area to the Command and Control Center.