DCWD: Water source to last over 30 years if…

THE CITY has sufficient water supply for the next three decades provided that extraction of ground sources is strictly monitored.

Bernard Delima, spokesperson for the Davao City Water District (DCWD), said the projection was based on a study conducted in Dumoy area, which supplies 75% of the city’s water needs, and the planned utilization of the Tamugan river by 2019.

“So far, the water in Dumoy is in healthy supply. We have 37 production wells in the area, but there are also numerous private extractors,” said Delima in an interview with media at the Watershed Summit yesterday morning.

He said DCWD did not have the exact number of these businesses, ranging from ice plants to water bottlers, which have their own deep wells even if they are already connected to DCWD.

Delima added that since DCWD holds no exclusive franchise to provide water in the city, they cannot impose regulation or monitoring on these businesses.

“The management of the private water extractors was supposed to be under the Water Code Ordinance, which grants regulatory powers to the local government,” he said, but added that since there is no Implementing Rules and Regulations yet for the local law, it cannot be implemented.

“The regulatory powers are now with the National Water Resources Board,” said Delima, and added DCWD has attempted to enter the wells of the water extractor businesses, but they were barred by the owners on the grounds that DCWD had no monitoring power.

“The city government is trying to reconcile it with the national water code law,” he said.

Meanwhile, DCWD is looking for more ways to improve the supply in the Cabantian area, where they are already implementing a curfew for water availability due to the lack of production.

According to their data, the Cabantian area demands 10,000 cubic meters of water day to day, which DCWD is able to supply only about 7,000 cubic meters.

“Before the big subdivisions were put up there, numerous trees would be able to act as recharging points for water, but now that it’s mostly been leveled, the replenishment for water supply in the area depends on rain water,” he said.

Data from DCWD also stated that the city is projected to increase its demand to 164 million cubic meters of water yearly, and they are currently only at a 112.9 million capacity.

DCWD said there needs to be at least 36 more wells put up by the year 2031 to keep up with the demand.

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