Bacolod water district confirms severe shortage


FORUM Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia led the BACIWA Forum at the Bacolod City Government Center on May 26, 2017 to update consumers and stakeholders on the water supply situation in Bacolod. (PIO)

BACOLOD City – No less than that manager of Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa) admitted to local officials here that the city is reeling from a severe water supply shortage.

Baciwa general manager Mario Macatangay said they need more or less 60 million liters per day to satisfy the maximum daily demand.

For now, Macatangay said Baciwa can only supply 43 million liters per day.

“So there is a big shortage,” he said.

Macatangay confirmed the shortage during a forum at the Bacolod Government Center afternoon of May 26, 2017 which was initiated by Mayor Evelio Leonardia due to mounting complaints against the water utility firm.

Because of this situation, Macatangay said Baciwa will drill six additional wells while waiting for its bulk water supply project to address the shortage.

Baciwa conducted a bidding last week for the six additional wells to augment supply from its 60 existing wells.

These new wells will be located at East Homes 6 in Mandalagan, Villamonte, Mansilingan, and Vista Alegre-Granada (Abada Escay) relocation site.

He added that they are negotiating for three other sites at City Heights.

“With the bulk water supply, at least we can reach the 60 million liters per day level and be able to address the demand during weekends,” Macatangay said.

He that the bulk water supplier is expected to deliver by October 2017.

He assured that by then, they can significantly improve the level of service to their consumers, Macatangay said.

Leonardia said he is willing to wait since Baciwa promised improvements by July.

Bacolod Lone District  Congressman  Greg Gasataya said they all want to help improve the water situation in Bacolod City since a lot of investors are coming in.

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