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Thursday, December 09, 2021

Water conservation plan proposed

TO raise awareness about water conservation, a Cebu City councilor wants a water conservation program in the city.

In his proposed ordinance, Councilor Noel Wenceslao said the measure is expected to lay out plans on how to address a water shortage.

“Cebu City, like other local government units, is experiencing a shortage of water, whether domestic, agricultural and industrial water supply,” he said.

The Department of Interior and Local Government has also encouraged local governments to move for the enactment of an ordinance that will establish guidelines in water conservation.

Under the proposed ordinance, a committee on water conservation will be created and tasked to ensure the proper implementation of the legislation and coordinate with other agencies.

It will be chaired by the mayor, being the local chief executive of the city.

The council’s chairmen of the committees on environment and health and sanitation, along with the planning and development officer, environment and natural resources officer, city health officer, representatives from two environmental groups dealing with water resources, representatives from the academe and local water utilities will be the members of the committee.

Education

The group will be tasked to conduct barangay-based public education and information programs to disseminate the importance of water, promote the use of rainwater harvesting facilities in all barangays and install water saving devices like water generators, particularly in each houses.

They are also tasked to conduct a tree-planting and other reforestation activities and clean up, rehabilitation and restoration of rivers, creeks and other water sources, among others.

A five-year water conservation and public information action plan will also be formed after the approval of the proposed ordinance.

An initial of P2 million budget will be appropriated and will be used once the legislation will be effective.

Wenceslao has already referred his proposed ordinance before the Council’s committee on laws for comment and recommendations.
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