Issue of March 3, 2019
Mt. Province

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BWD asks public to conserve water, prepare for El Niño
by BWD release

The Baguio Water District is encouraging consumers to practice water supply management to counter El Niño, which is being experienced now.

“Let’s keep it simple. Use our available water supply wisely,” BWD General Manager Salvador M. Royeca said.

Royeca said BWD consumers should act proactively to address water shortage, especially during summer.

“Although our water supply remains normal at this time of the year, we might as well try to extend its availability until we reach the rainy season,” Royeca said.

Royeca said water conservation practices must be adopted in households and business establishments particularly hotels, transient, and boarding houses where the highest consumption of water supply is usually observed.

Pagasa issued El Niño Advisory 1 on Feb. 20, which states that the weather pattern associated with reduced rainfall is now affecting the Philippines.

The weather bureau also said their climate monitoring and analyses indicate that the unusually warm sea surface which started in November 2018 is expected to become a full-blown El Niño.

As early as the fourth quarter of 2018, the BWD has set its contingency and strategic measures to ease the scarcity of water supply for the summer particularly during the peak months of February until May.

“We will ensure that our available supply will be distributed equitably,” said Royeca, adding the rehabilitation of Sto. Tomas Rain Basin in 2018 and the commissioning of additional deepwells in Tam-awan, South Drive, Military Cut-Off, and Busol Tip-Top are expected to augment the water supply in the intended supply areas.

Royeca advised the public to adopt various water-saving practices such as the use of dipper or pail when washing hands and use of basins when taking a bath, use of glass when brushing teeth, re-cycling of used water for flushing toilets or watering plants, and performing individual inspection within the water system of households or establishments for possible leaks.

He also reminded the consumers to store water in tanks or drums and report water supply problem to BWD’s Complaints Section for immediate action.

BWD is producing an average of 58,000 cubic meters of water daily but during the dry season, water supply from groundwater sources is expected to decline. During peak periods, water demand balloons to 65,000 cubic meters or more daily.

The public is advised to contact BWD’s 24/7 hotline: 442-4929, 442-3218, 442-6539, 0908-865-1504, 0917-679-4929, or 0922-840-9765; email; or visit the Customer Relations Office at Barangay Marcoville, DPS Compound.

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