Personnel of the PPCWD doing maintenance work on the night of September 11. (Photo courtesy of the PPCWD)

All maintenance activities of the city water district on September 11 to Thursday morning at 5 a.m. have been completed, but consumers in some areas may experience “low to no water pressure” due to heavy rains that caused flooding and high turbidity in the Campo Uno dam.

Jenn Rausa, spokesperson of the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD), said they have completed the replacement of a damaged gate valve in Caramuran Bridge, Barangay Sta. Monica; replacement of another along Malvar and Talakitok streets in Brgy. Mandaragat; the tapping of the six diameter pipeline to 16 diameter transmission line in front of the Sta. Monica National High School, and replacement of the 400 mm diameter valve along Rosal Road beside the PPCWD Central Booster Station in Sta. Monica.

“Natapos naman po ang repair activities namin on time, around 5 a.m. kahit na medyo maulan and naka-experience kami ng minor inconvenience. ‘Yong iba kasi sa ginawa kagabi ay kailangan ng welding works kaya medyo hassle ‘yong malakas na ulan kahit pa may tent kaming na-set up for them,” she said.

Photo courtesy of PPCWD

The maintenance works, she said, were scheduled from 9 a.m. on September 11 to 5 a.m. the next day.

Rausa said there will be additional works Thursday morning, such as filling of the ground areas they excavated with soils.

She said Wednesday night’s heavy rains in the mountains of Irawan also caused flooding in the upstream of Campo Uno which could increase the turbidity level of the river.

“‘Yon nga lang sa sobrang lakas ng ulan mula pa kagabi, lalo na doon sa bundok, nag-cause ‘yon ng pagbaha sa on the upstream ng Campo Uno. Kapag kasi ganoon, tumataas ‘yong turbidity level ng ilog kaya kinakailangan i-shut off ang main source. Kung hindi ‘yon i-shu-shut off, sobrang labo ng tubig na lalabas sa ating mga gripo. Kahit natapos tayo on time, talagang hindi nai-open ang Campo Uno because of turbidity, nagkaroon ng konting delay sa pag-build up ng pressure kaya may iilang parte pa ng city, especially bayan area na until now hindi pa bumabalik sa normal ang kanilang water pressure,” she said.

She said their lorry tankers have been deployed to inject water in areas around the city.

Rausa said consumers who will experience the problem can send them messages or call to inform about their exact location so they can inject water in their areas.

“Tuloy-tuloy naman po ang pag-water inject ng lorry tankers natin doon sa area na wala pa ring tubig,” she said.

Rausa said water supply is expected to return to normal in the afternoon of Thursday.

“Hindi na rin naman daw naulan sa bundok kaya di na malabo ang tubig, baka nakapag-operate na rin ang Campo Uno. Pinaka-estimated time kasi ng pag build up ng pressure hanggang sa bayan ay 1-2 hours po,” she said.

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