July 14, 2024

The Baguio Water District sees bright prospects in its water supply augmentation projects as two well-drilling projects proved successful.

BWD General Manager Engr. Salvador Royeca told Mayor Benjamin Magalong that the deep well drilled in Gibraltar barangay produced a very high yield based on the pumping test conducted recently. 

The project, called the Gibraltar 2 parallel well drilling, started on Feb. 15.

Another newly drilled deepwell at Kennon Road known as Zigzag production well drilling project started on Feb. 22 has also shown promise of a productive yield. It is now 81 percent complete.

Once commissioned, these wells will augment water supply in segment areas served by the district in their locations.

The district earlier reported improved water distribution service or an upgrade from twice-a-week to thrice-a-week supply schedule in four segment areas beginning Aug. 15.

The QM, Legarda, San Vicente, and Balsigan segments benefited from the commissioning of the Amparo 6 deepwell located in Amparo Heights Subdivision, Camp 7 on April 8 and the activation of the BGH booster on May 28.

Royeca said these projects are just some of the district’s water supply augmentation and development projects lined up to reduce the impact of the El Niño phenomenon.

He said three more well drilling projects are in the pipeline – the Montinola drilling project at Kisad Road, the South Drive 2 which will undergo multiple pumping after completion to augment the supply of Honeymoon-Holyghost barangay and the Richwood project which is now 45.79 percent complete and will benefit the subdivision at Easter Road-Guisad as well as the adjacent barangays like Qurino Hill, Pinget and Quezon Hill.

A potential drilling site along Balacbac is also being evaluated which will provide additional supply to areas served by the Km. 8 reservoir, the BWD said.

If realized, these new water sources will augment the water supplied to nearby or surrounding areas, the BWD added.

BWD is operating 77 pumping stations, four open sources, and two rainwater harvesting facilities installed in strategic locations to serve the 46,726 active connections. – Aileen P. Refuerzo