Sunday, September 26, 2021

200 houses get water

AT least 200 families in the nine sitios of Budlaan, a mountain barangay in Cebu City, received water, which was delivered to their homes by City Hall through a caravan yesterday.

DPS Supply Officer Julius Golosino said that a total of 523 containers or 10,460 liters of potable water were delivered to Budlaan, a water crisis hotspot in the north district of Cebu City.

Four fire trucks also carried water for domestic use to the barangay.

The City Government said that Pilipinas Water Resources Inc. (PWRI) provided the potable water, while the Metropolitan Cebu Water District supplied the water for domestic use.

Harold Alcontin of the Quick Response Team and Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said that the water shortage has reached the critical level.

Anatolia Mancho, a resident of Sitio Tac-an in Budlaan, said that their plants have died as well as some of their livestock.

Water became scarce in their area since late February.

Mancho said they had to fall in line to the community’s lone deep well, their main water source, between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. or later in the evening just to get a bucket of water.

She lauded the City’s and the private institutions’ move, as they could save money and effort.

The water caravan is an initiative by “Water is Life,” a task force composed of public and private institutions in Cebu City, in an effort to address the current water crisis.

Captain Elvis Narra of Barangay Adlaon volunteered to help in the caravan even if their barangay is also gravely affected by the hot spell.

Narra said that 90 percent of his constituents are farmers.

He said in these times, the bayanihan (cooperation) spirit is very important.

City Legal Office Chief Atty. Jerone Castillo, who co-heads the Water is Life task force, said he never imagined that the level of need has reached to that extent, adding that the rationing will continue until the situation is stabilized.

Because of the need to ration more water, the team regrouped ad refilled their containers at the PWRI in the South Road Properties in the afternoon. Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad, USJ-R intern
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