BBWI assures Bacolod of water supply amid major developments

THE Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI) is capable of supplying the huge water requirement amid the ongoing major developments in the city, its top official said.

BBWI chairman Ryan Yapkianwee, in a press briefing on Thursday, said with more businesses and investors coming in, especially in the real estate industry, water demand would surely increase.

Although BBWI’s current contract with Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) requires them to supply 15,000 cubic meters per day, Yapkianwee said they are actually capable of supplying 22,000 cubic meters.

“BBWI is capable enough to supply water, however, we are challenged by certain limitations especially on some issues with Baciwa,” he said, adding that “we can guarantee providing the water supply, but for it to get into the establishments, is a different story.”

The bulk water supplier is still awaiting the payment of Baciwa for its two-month billing after they started delivering water to Injection Point 1 in Barangay Granada in October last year.

Aside from Ayala Land Inc., big real estate industry players like Megaworld Corp. is also starting its development in the city.

Other major players expanding their developments in the province include SM Prime Holdings Inc., Double Dragon Properties Corp., and Robinsons Land Corp.

Amid these growing developments, Yapkianwee said they are more than prepared.

Although they are open to providing water supply to other localities, BBWI's priority for now is completing the bulk water project in Bacolod City.

“No talks for bulk water projects in other cities and towns in the province yet. Our first commitment is to fix the water supply in Bacolod," he said.

They can eventually engage in secondary projects after completing the bulk water supply in Bacolod, Yapkianwee added.
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