Davao City water demand to rise

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DAVAO CITY– Davao City Water District (DCWD) said it expects 320 million liters of water to be consumed daily during the summer this year compared fro 302 million last summer.

“As long as it is summer season based on our trend the consumptions ay tumataas. More or less madadagdagan po ang consumption ng mga consumers,” said Jovana Cresta Duhaylungsod, DCWD deputy spokesperson, in an interview.

Duhaylungsod said bulk of the water consumption are residential.

“Pero unti unti dumarami ang commercial mainly because of the expansion among others,” she said.

Duhaylungsod said they are continuously reminding their consumers to store water for contingency for water source.

Meanwhile, DCWD is advocating rainwater harvesting and the city has an ordinance on it, Duhaylungsod said.

Another contingency in sustaining water supply is being assured of the operation of the bulk water project of Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc, which is a joint venture between Aboitiz and DCWD. The project is scheduled to start operating in the first half of 2021.

Ones Almario, general manager of Apo Agua, said the project involves the treatment of water from the Tamugan River in the water treatment plant in Gumalang.

“Last March 2018 we started the detailed design component of construction. We are about to finish it this month. We already started the physical construction,” Almario said.

Duhaylungsod said when the bulk water project is fully operational, it can serve up to 116 barangays. Presently, DCWD is serving 112 barangays.

On water service rate increase, Duhaylungsod said there are no talks yet from the said agency on implementing water rate increase this year and if there are any increases, these are due to the effect of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law and inflation.

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