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Bacolod to source water from NegOcc watershed areas?

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The getting of source of water for Bacolod City residents from the watershed areas of Talisay City and Murcia in Negros Occidental was discussed yesterday by Provincial Consultant Alfredo Benitez to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Benitez said found out that 70 percent of the households in Bacolod City do not have 24/7 supply of water due to shortage of deep wells, especially with the onset of summer season, when the supply of water is diminishing.

The former solon is pushing for the creation of a bulk of water supply for Bacolod City, to be taken from the watershed areas of the province.

“That is why, it is very important that there should be a good working relationship between Bacolod City and the provincial government, so that they can share resources for the good of everybody”, Benitez said.

The Prime Water utility firm is supplying water to 200,000 households in Bacolod City.

When asked for the outcome of meeting between him and Benitez on the sharing of water resources, Lacson said “I think we should discuss it after the election.”

While he admitted that it was a plan of former Rep. Benitez, Lacson said it will be more relevant after the election.

Benitez is challenging incumbent Mayor Evelio Leonardia for the mayoralty post of Bacolod City in the May 9 synchronized elections.*

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