Finding other water source to supply Tumalog Falls halted

Finding other water source to supply Tumalog Falls halted
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(UPDATED) After its closure on March 17, 2024, Tumalog Falls in Oslob remains closed following the local government unit's decision to cease seeking alternative water sources to supply the falls.

The local government unit, through its public information office, said in an interview with SunStar Cebu on May 23, that it decided to wait for the natural return of water when the wet season comes.

“There were plans exploring finding another water source for Tumalog Falls since there is another water source found higher in the mountain areas. But after a careful study, the said projects would entail infrastructure that would be very expensive and would not be finished quickly,” it said.

The LGU said that gaining income without providing a good tourist experience is dishonest.

The Oslob PIO said the most affected by the closure are motorcycle drivers.

In an interview with Oslob Mayor Ronald Guaren on March 20 with SunStar Cebu, he said an average of 500 to 1,000 tourists per day visited Tumalog Falls alone.

More than the loss of water at Tumalog Falls, the LGU has focused its efforts on addressing the loss of potable and usable water supply due to increasing demand, especially during El Niño.

“Measures have been taken to ensure a continuous supply to the people. Continuous exploration of other water sources is ongoing,” Oslob PIO said.

The water flowing in Tumalog Falls’ rain-like attractions dropped in January, and they officially closed the tourist attraction on March 17.

Tumalog Falls is not just a tourist destination but one of the backup water sources that supplies 13 barangays in the town.

Oslob has 21 barangays. (CDF)

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