Sep 24, 2020

Cloud seeding downgrades water crisis alert to Level 2

Campo Uno dam in Barangay Irawan. (File photo courtesy of Jenn Rausa/PPCWD)

The Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) has downgraded the water crisis alert in the city from Level 3 to Level 2.

Jenn Rausa, acting Information Officer, said on Wednesday that the downgrade was attributed to the cloud seeding operations that brought rains over the Campo Uno watershed.

Rausa said that the Contingency Committee decided to bring down the alert level on Tuesday along with lifting the water rationing implemented in the city.

“Kahit papaano nakaka-recover na ‘yong source natin, nag-downgrade tayo ng water crisis alert level from 3 to 2. Kapag Alert Level 2, wala tayong implementation ng rationing nyan, base doon sa sinusundan natin na parang standard. Automatic na noong nag-downgrade tayo ng 2, cancel din ‘yong implementation ng rationing,” Rausa said.

She also said that the water pressure at the barangays in the poblacion area has improved, with 24 hours water supply already provided.

PPCWD records show that the average water flow rate from May 17-24 was 302.89 cubic meter per hour while the daily production reached 7,269.36 cubic meters per day or a total of 37,872.77 cubic meters average production.

The normal average flow rate in Campo Uno is at 750 cubic meters per hour while its production is at 18,000 cubic meters per day.

“‘Yong flow rate natin kahapon nasa 763 cubic meter per hour, 8am yan, ngayon naman nasa 690 plus so kung doon tayo magbabase sa flow rate, normal na, nasa average na pero kung sa operation naman, hindi pa talaga kasi hindi natin alam baka pagtapos ng cloud seeding, wala pa rin talagang pag-ulan, maubos na naman yong laman ng Campo Uno,” Rausa added.

The PPCWD has 10 remaining hours to complete its 40-hour cloud seeding contract that is expected to end on the first week of June.

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