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Baciwa: Murcia eases
Bacolod water shortage


The Bacolod City Water District is now getting additional water supply from the Murcia Water District to address the shortage in Bacolod, Juliana Carbon, BACIWA general manager, said yesterday.

Carbon said they started to get the excess water supply from Murcia at 2.5 million liters per day on July 3. She added that a dry run on this agreement lasted for about a month.

She said the agreement between the two agencies is that BACIWA will pay P12 per cubic meter for the next two years to the MWD.

With the delivery of additional water supply from a neighboring town, the supply to the city, particularly in Barangay Mansilingan and nearby areas, has improved, Carbon said. “We are hoping to get more water supply from MWD to meet the demand of the city,” she added.

She said the present supplier of BACIWA, the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc., has still failed to deliver on its commitment. “We still have a shortfall of water supply because of what is happening with the present supplier,” Carbon said.

“Sad to say, our present supplier has not yet delivered on its commitment. They’re supposed to deliver 15 million liters per day to Injection Point No. 1 and another 15 million liters per day to Injected Point No. 2. Until now, they have not delivered to Injection Point No. 2, while they only deliver 9.5 million liters per day to Injected Point No. 1,” she added.

She said there are areas in the city with no water pressure and no water supply, while some have water for only two to four hours per day.

The BBWI still has to resolve some issues like the right of way for it to complete its pipelaying, she said, adding that the firm was supposed to deliver the water in October 2017 yet.

Because of the delay, opportunities are lost, she said, adding that the utility firm has yet to pay BBWI for the contract which they have yet to comply with.

Meanwhile, the proposed joint venture between BACIWA and Prime Water is still under the negotiation stage, Carbo said.

“They completed the negotiation this week. The report will be presented to the board that will study it if it is disadvantageous to the public and the district”, she said.*


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