Stop DCWD drilling for now to preserve aquifer: Mahipus

A CITY councilor is calling for the stoppage of well-drilling by the Davao City Water District (DCWD).

Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, chair on the committee on energy and committee on environment and national resources, said that he will propose an ordinance next month asking the DCWD to halt any more drilling as it might affect the city aquifers.

“The solution we are looking at is to tap the surface water that will come from the rain and spring waters because they will only end up in the ocean anyway,” he said.

Mahipus said that three million gallons of fresh water from the city’s springs, watersheds and surface water remain untapped.

This after Councilor Pilar Braga passed a resolution bringing the concern to the committee on environment.

“In 2015, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has registered 27 large-scale industries that extract groundwater in Talomo-Lipadas watershed,” Braga said in a privilege speech. “However, ongoing uncontrolled drilling and well constructions are operating within these resources zones.”

She added that there is a need to ensure that the Water Resource Management Board is functional and regularly conducts strict monitoring in the absence of NWRB.

The councilor also cited the DCWD data that the city required 108,358,841 cubic meters in 2015 and projected that the demand would increase to 164,392,803 cu. m in 2031.

“Currently, Davao City has 58 production wells within the capacity of 112,993,904 cu.m. and the groundwater capacity could not supply the increasing public demand for the next 12 years,” Braga said.

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