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PIA Press Release
2010/02/09

Metro Iloilo water district braces against El Nino

Iloilo City (9 February) -- The Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) has started to take the necessary actions to mitigate the possible impact of El Nino phenomenon on its water supply.

MIWD Senior Information Officer Olive Ledesma said dredging of their water source and storage facilities had already started to maximize water carrying capacity in anticipation of the dry spell that is likely to last up to June this year.

"The dredging in some of our water basins had been finished and this will be followed by the dredging of the Maasin Dam in the municipality of Maasin," said Ledesma.

During their meeting last Monday, Ledesma said their Production Department had already noted an abnormal decrease of water level in the Maasin Dam.

The Maasin Dam is the source of about 75 percent of the surface water being supplied by the MIWD to its more than 31,000 service connections in the municipalities of Maasin, Cabatuan, Sta. Barbara, Pavia and Iloilo City.

Ledesma said they are also coordinating with other concerned government agencies in the implementation of their other measures to mitigate the negative effects of the dry spell not only to their clients but the community.

Currently, the MIWD is conducting an information campaign on water conservation, climate change and sanitation and hygiene in schools in coordination with the Department of Health, Department of Education, and Local Water Utilities Administration.

For the month of January, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration El Nino Advisory No. 6 released on February 5, 2010,the overall assessment of rainfall was below to way below normal in most areas of Luzon and Western Visayas while Iloilo is still under dry spell condition. (PIA) [top]

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