5 upland Cebu City barangays to benefit from Lusaran water project

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THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) will be lifting the suspension of the processing of water service applications in five upland barangays in Cebu City once an ongoing bulk water project will be completed there on September 2022.

In a statement, MCWD officials said once the Lusaran Bulk Water Project will be completed, it can deliver around 15,000 cubic meters (cbm) of water per day.

The MCWD said they temporarily "suspended" the processing of water service applications in Barangays Busay, Lahug, Apas, Camputhaw and Capitol Site in Cebu City as there is no adequate supply to serve the existing demand for water in those areas.

Aside from the five upland barangays, the MCWD can also start catering to at least eight mountain barangays in Cebu City that don't have access to the water district's supply once the Lusaran water project is completed. These barangays are Budlaan, Pulangbato, Binaliw, Agsungot, Guba, Cambinocot, Lusaran and Paril.

The MCWD is now finalizing the detailed engineering design of the distribution line for these areas and will soon bid out the project, it added.

The Lusaran Bulk Water Project was awarded to JE Hydro and Bio-Energy Corp. on March 4, 2021. It sources water from the Lusaran River and uses the conventional way of treating water.

MCWD is constructing a reservoir in Busay to store water from the Lusaran bulk water project, which will be distributed to the consumers in Lahug, Apas, Camputhaw and Capitol Site.

The purchase of the water supply was done through competitive bidding under Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

Aside from the Lusaran Bulk Water project, MCWD has doubled its efforts to establish additional water sources to address the gap between the supply and demand for potable water in Metro Cebu.

Just recently, the MCWD Board of Directors has approved the recommendation of the management to confer an Original Proponent Status (OPS) to Vivant Hydrocore

Holdings Inc., which submitted an unsolicited proposal for the supply and delivery of 30,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day in Liloan to be undertaken through joint venture agreement.

MCWD has also started the bidding process for the procurement of desalinated water from a plant in Cebu City South through competitive bidding.

The desalinated bulk water supply contract will have a validity of 25 years and the winning supplier must be able to supply 10,000 cubic meters of water in the first year and 25,000 cubic meters in the succeeding years until the contract expires.

The winning supplier must ensure that they can deliver sustainable and reliable supply to MCWD throughout the contract duration.

MCWD is now producing 240,000 cubic meters of water per day from 138 wells and private suppliers covering only 32 percent of the total water demand of Metro Cebu.

These sourcing efforts will bring about a significant increase in MCWD’s total supply. MCWD targets to serve up to 70 percent of the total demand in 10 years.

MCWD is serving the cities of Cebu, Talisay, Mandaue and Lapulapu as well as the towns of Cordova, Consolacion, Liloan and Talisay. (JKV with PR)

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