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Bulk water firm has
no occupancy permit yet

The Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. has not yet submitted to the Office of the Building Official its application for occupancy permit which is a requirement once its facility becomes fully operational, OBO head Isidro Sun Jr. said yesterday.

Sun said that if the BBWI is conducting a test run after having passed the water quality testing conducted by Baciwa, this is covered by its building permit.

But once its facility becomes fully operational, it should secure an occupancy permit, after which the OBO will conduct an inspection to determine if the BBWI had followed the “as built plan,” or original plan, of its facility, he said.

Sun said that if BBWI has no occupancy permit, it should not operate or else they will be issued a notice of violation. They will request the bulk water supplier to apply for occupancy permit, he said.

BBWI started delivering water to the Baciwa Saturday while its system is still undergoing a test run. The test run of the facility of BBWI was conducted to determine its capacity to deliver water and to monitor its effect in the downtown area.

Baciwa assistant manager for operations,JenelynGemora, had said they will also determine the maximum capacity of the facility of BBWI to deliver water.

The test run will last until they have determined the correct settings of the equipment that have been installed, she said.

Gemora said the areas covered by the test run are Burgos-Granada Road, Villamonte, Banago and Barangays 18 to 32. And they are monitoring the effect of the test run in these areas.

They have also installed gadgets in strategic areas in the city to record its effect on a 24-hour basis and have a maintenance team check for possible leakages, she said

Baciwa had earlier allowed BBWI to interconnect its pipeline to the water district's main pipeline in Brgy. Granada after the Office of the Government Corporate Council had allowed amendments to the contract between both parties.

The contract provides that water supply from the BBWI treatment plant should pass through the reservoir of Baciwa before passing through its water pipes.

The amendment will allow BBWI to connect its water treatment plant in Barangay Granada to Baciwa's mainline pipe for the delivery of bulk water until such time that the bulk water supplier can secure a road right-of-way.

BBWI is a consortium of Mactan Rock Industries Inc., TubigPilipinas, and TGV Builders.*CGS







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