THE anticipated El Niño phenomenon will have no significant effect on the groundwater supply of Davao City, according to the Davao City Water District (DCWD) on May 26.
DCWD Spokesperson Jovana Cresta Duhaylungsod said the majority of the city’s supply is currently groundwater and the El Niño phenomenon, which brings unusually dry or warm temperatures, would have no effect on the supply from this source.
“Compared to surface water source, which is the usual source, groundwater source is more resilient. Dili kaayo kadako ang epekto or significant ang effect sa atong (it will not have a big effect on our) static water level. Meaning, wala kaayo ginatanaw na posibilidad ang drastic reduction sa atong water supply (It’s only a small possibility that it would have a drastic reduction to our water supply),” Duhaylungsod said.
She added that the Davao City Bulk Water Supply, which is a surface water supply, is not operating yet.
However, the DCWD is expecting a spike in water demand since the customers are inclined to consume more water because of the high and warm temperature. As of March, the average monthly consumption is 28 cubic meters but this is expected to increase in the coming months.
She said DCWD will closely monitor the consumption rate of their customers to balance the supply and demand of the consuming public.
With this, mitigation plans are in place to ensure that all water sources are operating full blast. DCWD plans to reduce leaks or water loss by fixing damages, adding water sources, and rehabilitation existing sources.
But Duhaylungsod said one of their priority is to campaign for water conservation among their customers, especially in areas that have a 24-hour water connection. This is in order to make way for other areas with less water pressure.
“Sa kini na areas, naa gyod possibility na mag shoot up ilang water demand and consumption kay naa man sila bastante na supply (It’s possible that the water demand and consumption would shoot up in these areas because they have enough supply)... Pag mag shoot up ilang konsumo, as an effect, katong limited ang tubig mas mag dugay or ma-shorten ang time kung kanusa sila naay tubig (If it does, as an effect, it would limit the water reaching other areas),” she said.
Although El Niño has not arrived yet, the spokesperson said DCWD is prepared for it.
“In place na daan among preparations (Our preparations are in place)... On our end, amo na pud gi-mobilize among (we will mobilize) action plans which will help us mitigate the possible effects,” Duhaylungsod said. ICM