Dry spell affects Metro’s water supply

THE daily water supply in Metro Cebu is now down by 32,000 cubic meters per day due to the dry spell.

The continued effects of the dry spell on water sources have brought the daily production deficit of Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) to 32,000 cubic meters per day as of Oct. 4, 2019.

The MCWD’s production is now at 215,000 cubic meters per day, with the biggest loss of 10,000 cubic meters coming from its Jaclupan facility now dry at the surface due to the rising temperatures.

Due to the lower water levels of the MCWD’s Jaclupan facility and Buhisan dam, the MCWD is again rationing water through trucks to four barangays heavily affected by the supply shortage in Cebu City.

The MCWD has coordinated with the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (CDRRMC) and Compostela Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee for the location of hydrants where local government-owned trucks or local fire departments can draw water from for distribution to barangays with low pressure to no water. The MCWD advised the CDRRMC of two hydrants where the barangay or the city’s water trucks and the Bureau of Fire Protection could withdraw water from. The lower supply from the MCWD’s two sources affected consumers in the villages of Bulacao, Basak Pardo, Mambaling, Basak San Nicolas, Inayawan, Banawa, Capitol Site and Calamba.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, the MCWD will start the daily rationing of water through trucks to Barangays Sambag 1, 2, Sta. Cruz and Cogon Ramos in Cebu City.

Earlier, the MCWD reported a drop of 20,000 cubic meters in its production due to the lower delivery from its private supplier in Consolacion because of saltwater intrusion and the effects of the dry spell on the supply from Carmen. The supply drop from these sources affected consumers in Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu City, Cordova and parts of Cebu City, like Mabolo, Carreta, T. Padilla, Tejero and Lorega San Miguel.

In Compostela, residents of Purok Lumboy, Barangay Panangban sought Mayor Froilan Quino and the LDRRMC’s help as their community well has been giving lower supply. The MCWD has committed a hydrant near the municipal hall as a source for the 270 families. The LDRRMC will deliver the water through containers daily. (PR)


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