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Davao water district to upgrade capacity

Davao City (2 September) -- The Davao City Water District needs to upgrade its capacity in order to expand its services with the continuing growth of new connections every month.

DCWD spokesperson Romel Amoguis bared that the average new service connections is pegged at 400 monthly but could go up to 700 new clients.

He said their clients are 90 percent residential and the rest is accessed by the industrial sector.

Romulo Reyes of the customer department however said that they had only served 52 percent of the city's population of about 700,000 as against the entire population of Davao City.

He said of the 183,000 connections about 152,000 are active.

Meanwhile John Baynosa, who handles water treatment quality control of the Production Department said their production is about 40,000 gallons per minute and water is available 24/7 to consumers.

He said their major project, which is the Panorama Reservoir II, is estimated to cost about P54 million and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2008 will provide water going to the north in Panacan and the airport area. The Malagamot production well project will service those in the Bunawan and Lasang areas.

The production wells in Mintal and Tugbok will service the southern port while the Malagos well will provide water towards Calinan.

The Dumoy production well supplies 90 percent of the water requirements in the poblacion area, he said.

He said there are still projects that were programmed three years back under the Stage II Phase 3 program even as he said that some of the major projects were completed last year.

Amoguis on the other hand said that while they try to upgrade their system they are also strengthening their program on the preservation of the watershed.

The three areas he said are in Malagos with 236 hectares, Talomo Lipadas and Tipolog, Tamugan where phase 1 covers 200 plus hectares and phase 2 with 700 hectares. (PIA XI/pdbanzon) [top]

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