APO Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (Apo Agua), a joint venture company between Aboitiz Equity Ventures and J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation (JVACC), targets to start laying the water pipes of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP) of Davao City Water District (DCWD) by October this year.
“The 60-kilometer treated water pipeline will start from the water treatment facility and end in DCWD’s five existing water systems namely, Dumoy, Calinan, Tugbok, Panacan, and Cabantian, as well as three additional new water systems at Talandang, Mandug, and Indangan,” Apo Agua said in a press statement Thursrday, August 22.
The company has reported that it is already making progress in the construction of the DCBWSP as of the second quarter of this year.
At present, JVACC is conducting the project’s engineering, procurement, and construction in two separate sites in barangays Gumalang and Tawantawan in Baguio District.
In Gumalang, excavation works are ongoing for the different structures within the water treatment facility. In Tawantawan, preparation works are ongoing for the construction of the weir. The weir will allow for the water to flow through without obstruction and divert a portion of the water towards the project’s pipeline.
“We have an aggressive timeline. We will maximize the available time we are allowed by the city and barangay local government units to perform our construction activities. We are also seeking the assistance of the local government in the quick issuance of necessary permits particularly excavation permits,” Apo Agua general manager Ones Almario said in a statement.
Apo Agua began its three-year construction phase with engineering design works in 2018 and targets to commence operations by the first half of 2021.
Once completed, the P12.6-billion bulk water project will supply around 85 percent of the city’s water demand. The water will be sourced from the Tamugan River.
The DCWD reported that the city has a total water demand of 224,247 cubic meters, or 300 million to 347 million liters, per day and the demand is expected to increase in 2021.
Once the DCBWSP is completed, some of the city’s ground water production wells will be put to rest to allow the ground water to replenish. DCWD have mentioned earlier how some of the wells are running low.