Contingencies in place to address water shortage in Baguio this summer

CONTINGENCY measures are now in place to address the possible decline of water supply in the Summer Capital.

Baguio Water District (BWD) assured Baguio City will feel a lesser impact of water shortage this season with the operation of the Badiwan Silver Spring mini bulk water, which started in November last year.

Engineer Salvador Royeca, BWD general manager, said aside from the Badiwan mini bulk water, BWD has 75 stations with 56 pumping stations; 19 buster pumps; four spring sources, a totally rehabilitated rain catch basin at Mount Santo Tomas, and an ongoing rehabilitation and construction of the rain harvesting facility at the Busol watershed area.

BWD is also awaiting for the permit of another mini bulk water supplier that will augment the supply for the city.

Royeca earlier said the bulk water suppliers will only be used during critical months or during the dry season to support underground sources of water in the city.

Earlier studies showed of a possible water shortage in the city within the next five to 10 years. This if no concrete development will be undertaken to source out additional water supply to cater to the requirements of the rapidly increasing population.

A feasibility study on the city’s bulk water project have identified its potential sources, which BWD considered in approving Badiwan Springs Incorporated as one of its mini bulk water project sources.

Royeca said the bulk water supply project is timely because the supply of water should proportionately grow or increase with the demand of the population.


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