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MIWD starts water scheduling February 19

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (18 February) -- After conducting a trial-run for water scheduling, the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD)will implement the scheme February 19 likewise urging the consumers to cooperate and understand the inconvenience caused by the El Nino phenomenon.

Engr. Le Jayme Jalbuena, general manager of the MIWD disclosed during the PIA-Cable Television program that they are doing their best to provide its consumers with safe and adequate water supply considering that there is now a sharp decline of water level from the source of their raw supply in Tigum River.

"On normal condition, we are producing 28,000 to 30,000 cubic meters per day but due to the dry spell, the production drops to only 21,000 cubic meters a day," Jalbuena said.

The MIWD has 31,000 to 32,00 service connections and they will try to provide the consumers with water on a scheduled basis.

Jalbuena said that starting February 19, Maasin will get water daily between 5:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.; Cabatuan- Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday-Sunday between 5:30 A.M.-8:00 P.M.; Sta. Barbara, they will receive water daily between 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.; Pavia, daily, 8:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

For Jaro and City Proper- daily, between 12:00 Midnight to 8:00 A.M.; Mandurriao (from San Jose Miguel to Guzman Decena including JMI Village-Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.; Mandurriao North- Daily between 6:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.; Molo and Arevalo- Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday between 6:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

"We conducted a trial run, and we observed that the said areas get their water except Timawa, Baluarte, Calumpang and part of Molo," Jalbuena said.

To mitigate the situation, Jalbuena said that they have instructed MIWD personnel to conduct a relocation of water valve in Molo so that the affected areas of Timawa, Baluarte and Calumpang areas could also be served.

One of the reasons as to why the three areas have less water supply, Jalbuena said that they could not locate anymore the water valve which was covered by the new asphalt overlay (pavement) of the DPWH.

The MIWD, he said, has already coordinated and asked permission to the DPWH, to open the new asphalt-paved road so that they could immediately do some adjustments, repair or rehabilitation as the case may be. (PIA6) [top]

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