BWD General Manager Engr. Salvador Royeca, in a Kapihan media forum, said Baguio City has an average water demand of 50,000 cubic meters per day. BWD’s production is at around 47,000 cubic meters per day but with the water supply management program being implemented and with the assistance of the water catchment facility in Mount Santo Tomas and expected completion of its other on – going projects, water supply will not be much a concern this dry season.
BWD has 62 deep wells, 15 booster pumps, four spring source and one open source- the Santo Tomas rain basin. The Busol rain harvesting facility project is set to be fully completed this year.
From around 3,000 connections when it started, BWD currently has 42,870 connections and growing.
Given the expected increase in water demand this summer with the anticipated influx of tourists, Royeca reiterated BWD’s call for water conservation. He encouraged households to have their own rain harvesting facility since it rains from time to time.
Royeca bared that BWD is continuously working in addressing the gap between water demand and supply. He appealed to the Baguio folks to help preserve the remaining watersheds in the city which are vital in recharging the underground water resources.
Baguio City has three watersheds namely the Buyog, Busol and Camp 8. The forest cover is already reduced to 50 percent due to human encroachment, which makes it very dangerous not only for the water resources but most especially to the environment and its ill effect to the health of the population, Royeca stressed.
To avert a possible problem of managing water demand in the future, he recommended for the city government to slow down the commercialization of Baguio City and to institutionalize the usage of rain harvesting facility in every household or barangay through a city council ordinance.
Royeca assured the BWD is continuously working on programs and projects to continuously deliver quality services to their clients. BWD’s internal operation including water line application is now fully automated. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)