June 24, 2024
FIRE OUT — The Baguio Water District also played a major role in suppressing the fire the gutted Blocks 3 and 4 of the city public market that utilized its water delivery trucks to refill the fire trucks of the Bureau of Fire Department from March 11 to 12. — BWD handout photo

Baguio’s lone public water utility provided support in extinguishing the March 11 fire that razed Blocks 3 and 4 of the city public market by propping up in the fetching and replenishing of water supply to the Bureau of Fire trucks during the incident.
Water supply from the tanks of the Baguio Water District at BGH and Km. 8 were also diverted to supply water to the fire hydrants at the area. Around 230 cubic meters water was supplied and delivered to assist in putting off the fire that was declared controlled by authorities on March 12.
At the height of the incident, BWD General Manager Salvador M. Royeca instructed available personnel of the BWD to assist and allowed the fetching of water at the nearest BWD deepwell and pumping stations along Kisad Road and Teachers’ Camp.
Royeca also ensured BWD’s commitment by supplying water as needed to assist during the clearing activities at the burned area.
BWD expressed gratitude to the understanding and consideration of the consumers who were affected by the unscheduled water service interruption due to the fire.
As of 12:20 a.m. of March 12, the entire public market, parts of Camp Allen, Padre Burgos, Padre Zamora, and part of Magsaysay Avenue’s water supply were affected due to the power outage at the BWD Hilltop deepwell and BWD market deepwell.
In the afternoon of March 13, both facilities were operational upon the resumption of power supply.
Royeca said the water supplied will be charged to the corporate social responsibility activities of the BWD. – Press release