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Estancia water system to improve facilities, expand coverage

Iloilo City (7 October) -- The P30-million improvement and expansion project of Estancia Water District in Estancia, Iloilo funded by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) would involve the construction of new facilities and expansion of its service area.

EWD General Manager Engr. Rodney Agregado said the major components of the project include the following: (a) construction of four dug wells and pumping station with appurtenant facilities; (b) construction of a 250 cubic meter ground reinforced-concrete reservoir;

(c) construction of pipelines and valves including blow-offs and hydrants; (d) installation of 364 service connections; (e) acquisition and installation of power generator set; (f) implementation of non-revenue water reduction program; (g) interconnection of pipeline along two service areas; (h) replacement of existing 150 millimeter ACP pipes in a service area; and (i) acquisition of lots for the dug wells and reservoir sites.

Agregado said the water district presently has only 3 dug wells that are the sources of water supply and a sole reservoir with a 240 cubic meter capacity. It also has 591 active service connections in 5 poblacion barangays.

The expansion project would enable the water district to serve 3 more barangays.

The Local Water Utilities Administration headed by its Chairman Prospero Pichay, Jr. will provide the P30-M financial assistance to help the water district enhance its capability as part of the thrust of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to make potable water available to more Filipinos under her Ten-Point Agenda.

Estancia town headed by Mayor Restituto Mosqueda is a major commercial fishing center in the country and has earned the moniker as the "Alaska of the Philippines" owing to its abundant marine resources. Estancia lies within the marine resource-rich Visayan Sea Triangle. (PIA 6-JSC) [top]

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