City has enough water supply: exec

THE DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) assured Davaoeños that there is still ample water supply that can meet the city’s demand even with the continuing dry spell.

As the utility is mostly sourcing its water supply from groundwater, DCWD spokesperson Bernardo Delima said they observed during their recent inspection that there was no change in water level despite the long drought.

“We ensure our consumers that we still have sufficient supply,” Delima said.

In the El Niño advisory of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration issued on Feb. 9, “computer models suggest that the on-going strong El Niño is expected to gradually weaken through March-April-May 2016 season.”

Davao’s climate, the weather bureau said, along with La Union, Batanes and Aurora are expected to have “near normal rainfall conditions.”

As of last year, the annual demand of DCWD’s consumers was 101 million cubic meters. Its consumers now reached to 202,000 households and industry clients as there were about 7,000 new service connections last year.

The figures increased from servicing to 195,000 households and industry clients in 2014.

With DCWD’s joint venture with Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc. (AAII), the water utility will be tapping mostly from surface water, which is the Tamugan River where the two would establish their potable water project.

AAII is a joint venture company between Aboitiz Equity Ventures and J. V. Angeles Construction Corp. With the project, it is expected to supply 109 million cubic meters a year for about 1 million people in the city.

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