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PrimeWater assures additional 7 MLD of water for Bacolod

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Primewater Infrastructure Corp (Primewater) reported that it has devised a plan to deliver an additional 7 million liters of water per day, or a maximum of 17 MLD, to its concessionaires in Bacolod City.

In a letter to Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Primewater Infrastructure Corp. president Roberto Fabrique Jr. stressed the importance of ensuring a reliable and sufficient water supply to meet the growing needs of the community, and expressed its commitment to undertake measures that will enhance the provision of water to its concessionaires.

The plans, according to Fabrique, entails utilization of additional water sources to supplement their existing infrastructure, alongside extensive repairs and improvements to reduce water losses.

Within five months, Pabrique said they will undertake the optimization of 12 identified deep wells than can produce about 7 MLD of water, diversion of a 2 MLD water supply from Forbes Hill water source, activation of the Highland Water Hills subdivision water source, undertake massive leak repairs, or non-revenue water (NRW) reduction, which will all result in an additional 2 MLD of recovered water, along with the 5 MLD production from Bocal Bocal Spring.

Last weekend, PrimeWater, together with its joint venture partner Bacolod City Water District (Baciwa), said in a statement that it has acquired a water truck for deployment as a contingency plan, to mitigate the impact of the El Niño on the current water supply.

The water truck, which can store up to three cubic meters of water, is used to deliver water during service disruptions across multiple barangays, it added.

Benitez earlier said there is “as much as 15 percent” reduction in the level of the city’s water sources, based on the report of Baciwa-PrimeWater.

In response, the mayor formed a coordinating action team, mainly to expedite the implementation of vital infrastructure to improve water supply for Bacolodnons.

“The city government is taking steps to address the shortage in water supply,” the mayor added.* with PNA reports

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