THE Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) has allowed amendments in the contract between Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) and Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI).

Baciwa assistant general manager for operations Jenelyn Gemora said Wednesday afternoon, October 25, they received the OGCC’s opinion on Tuesday.

Gemora said the BBWI can now interconnect their water line to the Baciwa pipeline in Barangay Granada.

She said the interconnection should be done with the presence of the Baciwa personnel.

“They can interconnect their pipeline, but the valve will still be closed pending the results of water quality laboratory testing. Once they pass the water quality testing, they can start the water delivery by November,” Gemora added.

BBWI, a consortium of Mactan Rock Industries Inc., Tubig Pilpinas, and TGV Builders, had earlier proposed to directly inject water from their treatment plant in Bangga Bagol, Barangay Granada to the water pipes of Baciwa without passing through Baciwa’s reservoir in Purok Loygoy.

Baciwa also tapped the assistance of the OGCC for the amendment of its contract with BBWI.

Under the contract, it states that from the water treatment, the water supply has to go through the reservoir where Baciwa’s water meter is located before it goes to its water pipes.

The BBWI is still negotiating with the landowners to get a right-of-way for their pipes to pass from its water treatment plant to Baciwa’s reservoir in Purok Loygoy.

Gemora said the interconnection of the pipeline is only temporary and the BBWI was given six months to put in place their pipelines from the water treatment plants towards the reservoir.

The Baciwa Board of Directors had earlier approved a resolution allowing the BBWI to deliver the initial supply to Baciwa.

BBWI is using the Ngalan River in Barangay Granada as surface water source.