Bulk water project needed for uphill areas, says official

THE CONSTRUCTION of the Apo Agua Infrastructura’s bulk water treatment facility will allow the Davao City Water District to supply potable and stable supply to uphill areas in the Second District.

 In an interview, DCWD spokesperson Bernard Delima said that the project will also add three water systems to the city’s existing eight.

 Currently, the city’s water is being supplied through water production wells in Dumoy, Tugbok, Cabantian, Panacan, Calinan, Malagos, Toril, and Lubogan.

 The city government’s approval of the bulk water plant’s industrialized water treatment system in Barangay Gumalang would add water systems in Talandang, Mandug, and Indangan.

 Delima said that the bulk water system would serve 122 out of the 182 barangays when Apo Agua begins its operations.

 Currently, the DCWD serves 112 out of the 182 barangays.

 Mandug, Indangan, and Cabantian have complained for years about low to no water pressure from their faucets. Also, there water supply is of inferior quality as it does not come from the Dumoy water system.

 AAII will supply the DCWD with 109 million cubic meters of water, with operations seen to begin after the completion of the bulk water surface water plant in Tamugan next year.

 The water district is slated to buy the water sourced from the surface water project at P12.25 per cubic meters per year. “By this time, dako na ang demand sa Davao City (Davao City’s water demand will rise by 2018),” Delima said.

 Demand is projected to rise by 117 million cubic meters by 2019.

 This year, the city’s projected demand is at 105 million cubic meters. “But we are able to supply that,” Delima said.

 The city council approved on third reading the request of AAII to convert a property in Brgy. Gumalang from agricultural to industrial. The local zoning ordinance prohibits spot reclassifications, especially in areas within the protected areas and aquifers.

 However, the city council determined that the property, roughly around five hectares, is outside the watershed area.

 Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, for her part, asked the city council in her recent State of the City Address to approve the bulk water project as this would address the city’s water woes.

 The amendment to the zoning ordinance requires 21 votes, or two-thirds of the total number of councilors.

 The item was passed with 22 votes.

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