- Category: Current News
An abundant and reliable supply of pure seawater is eyed as the future source of water for Metro Cebu.
This was revealed by Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) General Manager Jose Eugenio Singson Jr. during yesterday’s Executive Session of the Cebu City Council on the status of the water supply and demand in Cebu City.
During the Cebu City Council Session, MCWD Community Affairs Manager Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara believes that the Cebu City government could help solve the water shortage through its political, social and environmental efforts.
Kara admitted that the MCWD couldn’t address the high demand for water.
With the water problem, Kara appealed to the city council to create a law that would allow private companies operating desalination plants and those companies supplying the MCWD to buy power from the cheapest suppliers so the price of water will not be so high for the consumers.
The city should also promote rainwater harvesting and offer incentives or tax rebates to companies that use green technologies in order to protect the environment.
MCWD is also asking the city to help in making the public understand that water is no longer cheap and that they need to recycle its usage because water conservation is a way of life for Cebu City.
MCWD plans to bid out the 100,000 cubic meters per day bulk supply for Desalinated Water to secure the water demand in Mactan island by 2022.
These are surface water sources—which are the Mananga and Lusaran Dams—and pure seawater desalination in the next few years.
These are in addition to short- and medium-term solutions that include groundwater wells, catchment facilities and bulk water supply projects that are already in the pipeline.
Liga ng mga Barangay President Franklyn Ong recommended that MCWD launch a massive advocacy campaign to inform the public about the nitrate contamination of water sources and to educate water users about the need to ensure that their septic tanks do not contaminate the aquifer.
Councilor Margot Osmena also said that MCWD should emphasize that its water is potable since this is very good for Cebuanos.
“It save money and saves the environment,” she added.
Singson assured the city council that additional reservoirs are among MCWD’s immediate projects. (With reports from MCWD / Farlash Acenas, Margie Bulado & Tito Basilisco/PIO)
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The Cebu City Government through the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CCDRRMO) in coordination with the Department of General Services (DGS), Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the city’s Barangay Fire Brigades will start the rationing of water to affected residential areas in the city today.
This was agreed upon after the coordination meeting held early this morning, identifying the 19,800 affected residential areas or household from the different barangays based on the MCWD data.
The city will get the water supply in selected fire hydrants around the city and from Mactan Rock Industries. There were 40 identified fire trucks and water tankers that would distribute the water in the affected barangays. Eight of these fire trucks are from BFP, 4 water tankers from the city, 25 fire trucks from the different barangays, and 3 water tankers from MCWD.
Deputy Mayor for Police Matters and Public Order Hon. Dave Tumulak, emphasized that residential areas are given top priority and urged private companies to get their water supply elsewhere.
Considering the traffic, Councilor Tumulak asked the residents to line up one hour before the scheduled time of water rationing in their respective areas.
Residents who are experiencing water supply interruption may call the City's Command Center (CCC) through telephone numbers; 166 & 2621424 or mobile numbers 09471780000 & 09325377770 stating their full name, exact address and the water interruption schedule in their area. (Margie Bulado, Farlash Acenas & Tito Basilisco/PIO)