Issue of September 2, 2018
     
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Public, private establishments, urged to collect, use rainwater
by Ofelia C. Empian

With the wet season, the public is being urged by the Baguio Water District to make the habit of collecting rainwater and using them to reduce production from the agency. 

BWD General Manager Salvador Royeca said establishments, especially those without rain harvesting facility, could collect rainwater from their gutter to their storage drums even for using it for their maintenance activities.

“They would reduce their demand and in doing that we would also reduce our production during wet season para pagdating ng summer fully recovered na iyong sources natin,” Royeca said during the recent inspection at the rehabilitated rain basin facility at Mt. Sto. Tomas in Tuba, Benguet. 

The more than 10-hectare rain basin is filled to its maximum capacity of 700,000 cubic meters, in which Royeca said would be fully used for the summer months.

He said the continuing expansion of hotels, condominiums and other establishments in the city remains to be a concern for them as well.

“We suggested that there should be a moratorium in the expansion of commercial establishments until such time that we could really secure a viable water supply because this condominiums and hotels, where would they get water? Nakikipag-agawan sila ng tubig sa mga residente,” he said.

The average daily consumption in Baguio stands at 55,000 cubic meters up to 60,000 cubic meters. “That’s why we are trying to increase production by an additional 10,000 to 15,000 cubic meters per day with the completion of all of their infrastructure projects and constructing more impounding structures.”

Royeca said the city’s underground sources must also be considered.

“Our underground sources, bumabagsak talaga iyan that’s why we have to limit obstructions. Hindi natin pwedeng sobrang i-pump out iyong mga underground sources natin, magkakaroon ng cavitation at masisira,” he said. 

“I don’t know if this is being practiced by private well drillers, sa amin kasi very strict ang monitoring namin sa pumping water levels especially during critical periods like summer,” he said.

With the rain catchment facility, Royeca said that BWD, from time to time, will release water used to supply nearby areas.

With a funding of more than P90 million, the rain basin rehabilitation started in March 2017 and resumed its operation in June this year.


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