THE Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (AAII) reported that early this year, they already started the construction of the first part of the three-year construction phase of the P12.6-billion Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project.
In an official statement, AAII general manager Ones Almario III said the construction works include the construction of intake facilities, a water treatment facility, and treated water pipelines.
“Apo Agua through its engineering, procurement, and construction contractor, J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation, started its construction activities at the intake and water treatment facilities. Rehabilitation of the access road to the weir site in Brgy. Tawantawan and site preparations of the water treatment plant (WTP) site in Brgy. Gumalang, Baguio District, Davao City, were the major works conducted,” he said.
The company is currently in preparation works for the weir construction and excavation works for the treated water tank at the WTP site. While the laying of raw water pipelines is targeted to start in August this year.
“Apo Agua is taking steps to ensure the protection and conservation of the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed – Davao City’s next source of water. The company adopted 50 hectares of land in the watershed through the Davao City Water District’s Adopt-A-Site Project for the rehabilitation of this water source,” Almario said.
“Additionally, Apo Agua and the Davao City Watershed Management Council is working on an integrated watershed management plan specifically for the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed. These significant partnerships are aimed at ensuring the long-term security of Davao City’s water supply,” he added.
During a press conference on Monday, April 15, Almario said they will be able to supply around 85 percent of the city's water demand, which is 224,247 cubic meters per day, with the completion of the project in 2021.