Sep 27, 2020

City water district eyes cloud seeding extension

Photo shows the light aircraft that carries out the PPCWD's cloud seeding operation to induce rains to help increase the level of water supply in the Campo Uno dam in Barangay Irawan. (Photo courtesy of Jenn Rausa/PPCWD)

The Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) plans to extend its ongoing cloud seeding operations if there is still no declaration of the onset of the rainy season by June 7.

Jenn Rausa, the water firm’s acting information officer, said on Wednesday the extension is in anticipation of continued low water supply.

“Pagkatapos ng cloud seeding operation natin, kapag naubos na ‘yong Campo Uno, hindi natin alam kung may pag-ulan pa o kung kailan uli ang pag-ulan. So until such time na hindi pa mag-declare ang Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) or sabihin natin na mag-declare sila, last week ng June pa, puwede namin i-extend ang cloud seeding operation basta may budget pa,” Rausa said.

According to Rausa, the water supply in Campo Uno dam is under observation if it will last until the remaining 10 hours from their 40-hour contract.

PPCWD has allotted P2.2 million for the 40-hour operation.

“Hindi pa namin napag-usapan kung anong magiging proseso dyan, pero second week ng June, hopefully kalagitnaan na may pag-ulan, yong maiipon naman nating ulan sa remaining 10 hours sa Campo Uno hopefully kaya nya naman i-sustain yong demand habang wala pang ulan,” Rausa added.

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