Sep 23, 2020

PPCWD puts on hold Water Crisis Alert Level 3 declaration

This file photo was taken within the infiltration gallery downstream of the Irawan Water Shed on March 26, 2019. There’s still water in some portions of the river where the infiltration gallery is located, but a significant part of it is already dried up.

The Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) has put on hold its plan to place the city under a Water Crisis Alert Level 3 after water supply stabilized.

Jenn Rausa, PPCWD acting information officer, said the Contingency Committee decided that the situation of the water supply does not yet warrant the declaration of Water Alert Level 3.

“Yong Alert Level 3, hindi pa kami magdi-declare kasi hindi nga nababawasan ‘yong overall supply although mababa na. Nag-maintain tayo mula nang nag-declare tayo ng Alert Level 2 kasi ang requirement o ang demand natin ay nasa 40-42,000 cubic meters per day so ang overall natin ngayon ay nasa 35,900 cubic meters per day,” Rausa pointed out.

Although the depletion rate of water supply ranges around 100-130 cubic meters per day, she said it is still considered a big volume.

Rausa added that the PPCWD is continuously monitoring the water flow rate as the basis for alert declarations.

The possibility of raising the water alert level will be known by April, she said.

“Baka hindi pa naman. Syempre mino-monitor natin ‘yan kasi baka biglang bumulusok ang supply ng ating tubig at kailangan natin mag-declare ng Alert Level 3 sa first week ng April, so nandoon pa rin talaga ‘yong possibility na magdideclare tayo. Hindi man ngayon, either first week ng April o sa mga susunod na Linggo,” she added.

Meanwhile, the PPCWD board issued an order calling for a study on the implementation of a split minimum rate and to identify barangays that could benefit from the scheme:

A total of 45,000 consumers is under review for qualification.

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