THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) will set up a water catchment facility inside the 16-hectare D’ Family Park in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City.
During the 20th anniversary of the D’ Family Park last Friday, May 31, 2019, Jose Eugenio Singson Jr., MCWD general manager, said they can develop the existing lagoon inside the facility and convert it into a catchment basin to store rainwater.
Singson said they plan to trap water from the mountains during downpours and use it as an additional source, while preventing flooding in the lowland area at the same time.
A portion of the Banilad-Talamban corridor is prone to flooding and the plan of the water district is to divert the water to the facility to address the problem, he said.
But before they can start the project, Singson said they need to study the park’s hydrogeologic formation, or groundwater movement.
Even if they establish a catchment basin in the area, Singson said the park will remain since it only occupies at least four hectares of the entire property.
“Our plan is, we will not use it (water stored in the catchment) during normal months so we can have enough water supply during the dry spell to replace the water that will be lost due to the hot season. By doing it, we will no longer experience grave problem on the effects of the dry spell,” Singson said.
He hopes the catchment basin to be ready before the start of the dry season next year.
As to the budget of the project, Singson said they will look for an allocation to finance it.
“The most important thing is we already have the area. Because if we have the plan and budget but we don’t have an area, it’s really a problem,” he said.
D’ Family Park is owned by MCWD and was constructed through the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Cebu City North District Rep. Raul del Mar.
Del Mar was also present during the park’s 20th anniversary celebration. (RVC)