Sunday, January 20, 2019

Over 50 Cebu areas suffer from water shortage

WATER is in low supply in some areas in Cebu City and Talisay City.

The Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) made this announcement yesterday.

The Jaclupan Water Facility already reached critical level in the first week of April that resulted in low water production, particularly during peak hours.

“It’s not unusual during summer months. We already projected this last year that is why we are doing some measures,” said Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara, MCWD public affairs manager.

Drop in production

In its daily water advisory yesterday, MCWD announced that the Jaclupan Water Facility has been producing 20,000 cubic meters of water daily, compared to the normal production of 33,000 cubic meters.

Areas affected in Cebu City include Bulacao, Inayawan, Cogon Pardo, Quiot, Kinasang-an, Basak Pardo, San Nicolas, Mambaling, Punta Princesa, Tisa, Labanagon, Banawa, Salvador, Calamba, Sambag 1, Sambag 2, Pahina Central, Sawang Calero, Pasil, Ermita, Taboan, Kalubihan, Carbon, Sta. Cruz, Cogon Ramos, San Antonio, Kamagayan, Parian, Tinago, Day-as, T. Padilla, Tejero, Lorega, Carreta, part of M. J Cuenco Ave., Osmeña Boulevard, Guadalupe, M. Velez and Capitol Site.

“The implication is that water won’t be available 24/7 since not all pumps will be operating,” Kara said in Cebuano.

In Talisay City, the areas affected are Lagtang, Lawaan, Mojon, Tabunok, San Isidro, Cansojong, Dumlog, Pooc, Biasong, San Roque, Tangke and Bulacao.

“Everybody is enjoined to use water wisely during the dry spell,” said the MCWD’s advisory.

Up for discussion

With supply low, MCWD is delivering water every day to consumers with intermittent water supply, particularly in elevated areas.

Supply at the Buhisan Dam, one of MCWD’s sources of water, reached critical level last month yet.

Although they are currently producing a lower volume of water, Kara said they are considering the Cebu City Government’s request to supply water in upland areas suffering a water shortage.

The MCWD board is expected to discuss the matter on Monday to determine the system of distribution it will implement in the mountain barangays.

Mayor Michael Rama will also meet with MCWD officials, private tanker operators and the Bureau of Fire Protection to determine how they can help address the problem.
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