Water, concern in fiesta month

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Water, concern in fiesta month

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City Waterworks has to sacrifice barangays without fiesta in the month of May in the water rationing service to maximize the limited supply.

This is to address the concern of city residents about scarce water supply in time of the fiesta celebrations in their barangays this May.

Engr. Peter Busano, in-charge of the City Waterworks, explained that they have to revise the original schedule of water rationing to service areas in the month of May and prioritize certain barangays that would be celebrating fiestas in particular dates.

Busano specified barangays Tiptip and Manga—where there would be no fiesta celebration in May—as the areas that would be sacrificed during the fiesta celebrations of other barangays such as Dao, Ubujan, and Taloto.

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This is considering that the City Waterworks could only supply around 4,100 cubic meters a day, barely enough to meet the around 5,000 cubic meters required on average demand, much more on days at peak demand when the consumption would reach 9,000 cubic meters.

Busano also said the City Waterworks now serves 4,697 households.

Upgrading the City Waterworks lagged behind the timeframe while the number of consumers increased.

This time, Busano said the USAID conducts a feasibility study on the possibility to tap Loboc River as additional source of water supply.

Busano also said two new pumping units will be installed for additional movement in supply, while drilling is ongoing that they target to finish in two to three months.

For the meantime, both Bohol Water Utilities, Inc (BWUI) and the City Waterworks urged consumers to store water ahead of the fiesta season.

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Engr. Jun Sonido of BWUI assured that operations will be normal and facilities are being monitored to avoid breakdown to ensure continuous water supply in May which is the fiesta month in Bohol.

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On the part of BWUI, no service area will be compromised to be able to supply water to service areas celebrating fiesta.

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