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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 email@example.com; or visit the Customer Relations Office at Barangay Marcoville, DPS Compound.
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Issue of January 22,2017
by Jane B. Cadalig
A lawmaker is pushing for a consolidated effort to address the water shortage problem as a result of climate change.
Sen. Loren Legarda stressed the importance of consolidating all water agencies in the country and crafting a roadmap for sustainable water use.
The solon, who chairs the Senate Committee on Climate Change, made the statement after she convened with Environment Sec. Gina Lopez a meeting for the National Water Summit and drafting of a Water Sector Roadmap.
“Water is a very basic need yet we still have communities in the country that have no access to clean and potable water. The continued overlapping and fragmented regulation of water supply services in the country by several government entities is one factor that hinders the enactment of a doable and long-term solution to prevent water shortage,” she said.
A study by the World Resources Institute showed that the Philippines will likely experience severe water shortage by 2040 due to the combined impact of rapid population growth and climate change. The country ranks 57th out of 167 countries that are highly vulnerable to severe water shortage.
Locally, the Baguio Water District projected a shortage of supply by 2022 because of climate change and urbanization.
To abate a crisis, the water utility intends to tap more water sources and develop an efficient water management policy.
In 2015, the BWD had 38,518 service connections across 122 barangays in Baguio, excluding Kias, Fort del Pilar, Scout Barrio, Apugan, Atok Trail, Lucnab, and Happy Hallow.
At the Senate, Legarda said a solid water policy will help ensure food security.
“Water also affects our food security as agriculture accounts for much of our water consumption, which makes it vital for us to protect our watersheds. The issue of open defecation is likewise a national sanitation and health issue, which can be addressed if all Filipinos have access to clean water,” Legarda said.
Legarda also called for the stricter implementation of the Rainwater Collection and Harvesting Act which requires the building of catchments in homes and public and private buildings, so that rainwater can later be used for cleaning, watering gardens, and other industrial purposes.
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Monday, August 10, 2015
By Art Tibaldo
WITH smoke-belching vehicles climbing the Kennon Road slope of Camp-8 towards the Baguio General Hospital area, one can perhaps reflect on what we learned in school as the eco-system and note the importance of the patches of green within the area that serves as carbon sink that arrests pollution.
However, pollution generated in a place where forest exists is not always the case in most part of our city especially in Baguio’s central business district which was once noted as among the most unhealthy places because of the amount of suspended particulates that showed an alarming rate at the foot of Session Road.