THE Davao City Water District (DCWD) projected that the city will require around 137 million cubic meters or 137 billion liters of water per year in 2021 as the population of Davao City continues to grow.

In order to cope with the demand, the Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (Apo Agua), a joint venture company between Aboitiz Equity Ventures and J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation (JVACC), is undertaking the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP) which will be sourced from the Tamugan River.

However, Apo Agua could only supply 126 million cubic meters or 126 billion liters of water per year when it starts its operations as targeted in the first half of 2021 so there is still a deficit of 11 million cubic meters per year.

“The project of Apo Agua cannot really fully answer the water demand in Davao City. That is why our existing ground water sources could still be used in a conjunctive capacity, meaning we will be sourcing water from them, we will be consuming their water, and we will be utilizing our own water sources,” DCWD spokesperson Bernardo Delima said during Habi at Kape media forum on Wednesday, August 28.

Delima added that they are currently servicing 221,000 connections in 112 villages of the city.

There are 65 production wells around the city that can supply water to different areas which they could still utilize in the next few years. DCWD is also eyeing other areas where they could put up production wells.

DCWD reported that they are receiving more than a thousand water service connection applications a month, 68 are identified as high-rise buildings and condominiums and 63 are subdivisions.

“Actually, since these high-rise buildings are still in construction stage, they will become in commission stage in 2021 just in time for the Tamugan [river to supply water],” Delima said.