AS THE mild El Niño continues, three mountain barangays in Mandaue City have been suffering from low water supply for more than a week.
At the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), the City Government continues to deliver water rations at least eight times a day for the fire victims of Barangays Mantuyong and Guizo.
City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) Officer Felix Suico said the barangays of Casili, Cubacub and Canduman have been suffering from low water pressure.
“Based on our assessment with regards to El Niño, short ang mga mountain barangays nato sa water (there is a low supply of water in the mountain barangays),” Suico said.
In Casili, a cooperative runs a water system with deep wells as their sources.
However, Suico said the water in the deep wells has decreased by 20 percent.
Barangays Cubacub and Canduman rely on water supply from the Metropolitan Cebu Water District and deep wells.
Still, low water pressure has been experienced by the residents from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
“Hinay lang gyud ang agas. At night time, kusog ang tubig, mamundo sila (The water pressure is low during daytime. They store water at night time),” Suico said.
Despite this, Suico said there is no need for water rationing in the three barangays.
He asked barangay officials to immediately tell the CDRRM Office, if they experience water shortage so this will be assessed immediately.
While more than 2,200 families continue to stay at the CICC grounds, the City Government delivers 35,200 liters of water for the fire victims with the use of a fire truck and a water tanker every day.
The fire truck, which has a capacity of 2,400 liters, delivers water at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
Suico said the fire truck used to deliver two to three times at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The tanker, which has a capacity of 16,000 liters, brings water to the families at 6 a.m.
A water purifier, which was provided by a religious group, has been used to give potable water for the fire victims.
Suico said the water delivered to the families was still not enough.
“Magpundo sila mao nang makuwangan (Families stored too much water that’s why it was not enough for all). We advised them to use water wisely,” he added.