The Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) has lowered the water crisis alert from Level 2 to Level 1 as its Campo Uno dam in Brgy. Irawan recovered its water supply from the recent rains.
City water district acting information officer Jenn Rausa said that downgrading the level alert means the watershed in Irawan is returning operations to normal.
“Ngayon, although may pag-ulan-ulan na, nagre-recover pa rin, unti-unti pa lang nagre-recover [sa Irawan]. Also ‘yong ground water sources natin, bago lang din nagre-recover,” Rausa said.
However, she clarified that they are still waiting for the water level to stabilize before completely lifting the water crisis alert.
She cited Barangays Sabang, Luzviminda, Lucban, and Bahile still have unstable water production.
Areas north of Puerto Princesa City are still recovering, she pointed out.
Based on the recent data of the PPCWD, Rausa said that the water supply had already met the production demand of 40,000 cubic meters per day from both surface and ground water.
The Campo Uno water flow rate is now 650 to 700 cubic meters per hour.
Barangay Bahile is still under water rationing, according to Rausa, and lorry trucks continue their deliveries to the barangays affected in the northern part of the city.
Rausa said that the water firm had already returned the trucks it borrowed to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and city government used for water injection and delivery during the peak of the water crisis.
She reiterated the call of the PCWD for the public to continuously conserve water because of the remaining areas tat have fully not recovered their sources.
“Continuously save water, mag-conserve pa rin ng water dahil ‘yon nga di pa rin totally nakaka-recover ‘yong ating source at maigi na while we are recovering ngayon ay nandyan pa rin ‘yong cooperation ng ating consumers at kanilang suporta sa ating mga proyekto,” Rausa emphasized.
Rausa added if the weather will coordinate in increasing and stabilizing the protection, the lifting of water crisis alert level may happen sooner than anticipated.