Waterless Matina

8-hour water interruption hits Talomo District today

THE DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) announced another series of water interruptions today, affecting thousands of users in Barangays Matina Crossing, Matina Pangi, and Catalunan Grande in Talomo District.

In a statement, the water utility said that water service will be interrupted starting 9 a.m. up to 5 p.m. today.

The eight-hour scheduled interruption is due to the tapping and commissioning of the newly built 1,500 cubic meter capacity Tugbok (Mahayahay) reservoir.

The repairs are seen to improve the water supply in the Tugbok District areas during peak hours.

According to the water utility, several villages will be hit by the scheduled water interruption.

Areas affected are the entire Matina Pangi; part of Catalunan Grande (Edullantes Compound, Mira Vill., Restauro Vill., Samantha Homes, Sarpha Vill., Sitio Felomina, Sitio Guadalipe, and Sitio Toril) ; and part of Matina Crossing (Guadalupe Vill., Pangi Bridge, San Isidro Vill., SK Compound, Tinago Drive, and Matina Pangi Road).

The DCWD still currently pumps water out of the city’s nearby water sources, which are water sourced from rainwater harvested over time uphill.

The city council is still deciding whether to allow a permit for allowable use for an area in Gumalang in the third district, where a joint venture is pushing to construct a bulk water system at the Tamugan river.

The local government has not yet issued a permit for allowable use for the proponent Apo Agua, which is hoping to build a bulk water system to help augment the city’s water system.

Environmentalist group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) said they were hoping for the city council to permit the proponent for the allowable use of an area in Gumalang.

IDIS executive director Chinkie Pelino Golle, in an interview, said the area in question is only asking for allowable use for an industrial project inside an agricultural lot.

Golle said that the area in question is not part of a protected area and not in an aquifer.

“We cannot be against the project because Davao City needs water,” the IDIS official said.