The Bureau of Fire (BFP) in Puerto Princesa City called on consumers “to store water at home” during the summer season.

Fire Officer 2 Mark Anthony Llacuna, assistant information officer of the BFP in the city, said Monday that storing water is needed after the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) declared a water crisis in the city.

“Ugaliin na mag-imbak ng tubig dahil mahina ‘yong source ng tubig. Punuin lahat ng drum o lahat ng balde araw-araw. Para in case na magkaroon ng emergency, meron silang makukuha kaagad pang-apula ng sunog. Mag-imbak ng tubig, dahil kung bago pa tayo mag-iipon ng tubig nandiyan na ‘yong apoy talagang hindi na natin magagawa ‘yon,” Llacuna said.

The PPCWD on Wednesday raised its water crisis alert to Level 2 due to the continuous depletion of the water supply in Campo Uno caused by the extreme heat and effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

A water rationing scheme and water inject and regulations are being implemented in the city as part of its contingency plan.

Llacuna also reminded the public to be vigilant against grassfires and to follow the “no burning” of waste materials policy inside their yards.

BFP records showed that 10 grassfire incidents have already been recorded since January of this year.

Llacuna said the public may call them to report fires using their hotline numbers 0925-707-7710 and 0977-855-1600.