Water district defers septage project

THE DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) has deferred its plan to pursue the four-zone septage project following the recommendation of the city council.

DCWD spokesperson Bernardo Delima Jr. said yesterday in a text message that instead of setting a septage project, the city council, through its committee on environment chaired by Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, recommended the development of sewerage system.

“Sewerage involves the installation and laying of sewer lines, similar to water pipelines, which will collect waste directly from each house. Hence, DCWD will defer the implementation of septage project pending the completion of the feasibility study on sewerage,” Delima said.

The government-controlled utility earlier planned to set up septage project in four zones, particularly in the north, south, Poblacion and Toril areas. It also planned to allocate an initial funding of P300 million to cover 65 barangays.

A septic plant, which was proposed to collect 240 cubic meters of septic waste a day, was aimed to address the improper disposal of human wastes.

Meanwhile, the DCWD also made a statement yesterday in relation to the privilege speech of Mahipus on Tuesday at city council. Councilor Mahipus alleged that the water distribution utility failed to provide sufficient water to Cabantian and other areas in the city.

This prompted the city council to conduct a probe on the alleged water crisis.

“The inquiry will ferret out the truth about the severe water shortage in Cabantian and other areas in Davao having the same experience,” Mahipus said.

But Delima said they are addressing the issue. “The DCWD has finished two exploratory drillings in Indangan with positive yield of at least 4,000 cubic meters a day or a combined yield of 8,000 cubic meters per day,” he said.

“These two drillings will be developed into two production wells with an integrated treatment system, expected to be completed and commissioned by last quarter of 2017 or by first quarter of 2018 at most,” Delima added.

Once commissioned, he said the two new production wells will augment the three existing production wells. These five wells can collectively produce 15,000 cubic meters per day, which would surpass Cabantian’s requirements of 10,000 cubic meters a day. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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