CNWD to upgrade water services
by RB Manlangit
Braces for El Niņo
Daet, Camarines Norte (4 February) -- The development of the first surface water source in Barangay Dagotdotan in San Lorenzo Ruiz town, this province will help address the impending El Niņo expected to bring a dry spell in the country in the coming months
Ma. Antonia Boma, Camarines Norte Water District (CNWD) general manager, said the project is expected to be completed on September this year, adding that the water source can produce a maximum of 12,000 cubic meter water per day until 2012
Boma recalled that the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has funded the improvement of the water services in Camarines Norte after local government officials and residents here encounter problems on inadequate water supply for the past years.
She noted that the dry spell brought about by El Niņo phenomenon is now being experienced in portions of Mindanao, Western Visayas and some areas in Luzon, including Camarines Norte, since December 2009, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Boma explained that as a result the water production of CNWD has dwindled considerable causing low pressure in several portions of the service areas.
She cited that the PAGASA advisory stating that there is a slim chance of tropical cyclone in January 2010 as temperature is near normal in most parts of Luzon while there is normal surface air temperature in most areas of Visayas and Mindanao.
She added that the total rainfall in Camarines Norte only reached 4,098.6 mm which is lower than the recorded PAGASA rainfall data of 5,379.92 mm in 2008. The shortfall in rainwater last year resulted to low spring yields, from the usual 70 cm. down to 30-32 cm. causing water shortage in the service areas particularly the far end and elevated points. (PIA CamNorte) [top]