Mandaue asks more water from MCWD

Gregg M. Rubio (The Freeman) - August 23, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Mandaue City Council has requested the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) to increase the volume of water supply and the distribution thereof to be extended to residential areas in the city.

A resolution sponsored by Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, chairman of the committee on public utilities, containing the request was passed Monday.

Lumapas said Mandaue City residents have continually encountered daily shortage of water supply and in most cases, unreasonable interruption and absence of water distribution in the area.

He said the continuous shortage of water supply in residential areas is hampering the daily lives of each and every household.

“As several Mandauehanons had to suffer the gap between supply and demand of water, it is worth noting that these customers have been religiously paying their water consumption to the utility provider, MCWD, yet they are not getting the full services worthy of a paying customer,” Lumapas said.

He added that the City Government of Mandaue is hopeful that the MCWD will seriously address the burdening issues of water supply and the challenges of its distribution and management of water sources in the city.

In a statement, MCWD is urging water users to store, conserve water amid lowering of water level.

MCWD’s water production has reportedly gone down by 13,000 cubic meters per day in the last two weeks due to the lowering of the yield of various groundwater wells and the saltwater intrusion.

A well of MCWD’s private supplier in Consolacion was shut down due to the increased presence of chloride in its water.

According to the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water, only chloride levels of up to 250 milligrams per liter are acceptable to achieve potable water quality that can be supplied to customers.

Rising chloride levels indicate saltwater intrusion in groundwater wells, which comprises majority of MCWD’s water sources.

MCWD and the supplier tried various ways to treat the water for several weeks but decided to stop its operations since it will place other nearby wells at risk of seawater intrusion if pumping is continued.

The shutdown of wells owned by private suppliers resulted in a reduction of MCWD’s daily production by 7,000 cu. m. per day, affecting the water availability of consumers in parts of Consolacion and Mandaue City.

The Cebu Manila Water Development (CMWD) Inc.’s plant in Carmen, a private bulk water supplier, is delivering 35,000 cu. m. of water to MCWD that is being supplied to its consumers in Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, parts of Mandaue and the whole Mactan island.

The decrease is reportedly affecting the water services of MCWD’s consumers in these areas.

The water district is also urging the public to start a lifestyle of conservation and to recycle used water and store rainwater. Rains can only replenish water sources if it falls on dams, watershed and recharge areas.

Consumers must use only what they need as the water demand in Metro Cebu continues to surpass its existing supply. The water demand in Cebu is projected to be at 580,000 cu. m. per day and MCWD’s daily production is only at 233,000 cu. m. – FPL (FREEMAN)

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