Briones: Waterless in the time of Covid-19

Publio J. Briones III

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) has announced that it will give a five percent discount on the actual monthly water consumption of up to 20 cubic meters.

Aside from that, it will allow payment extension of up to 60 days.

MCWD board chairman Jose Daluz III also said “there will be no water service interruption or disconnection for all the consumers except in emergency cases plus another extension, which the consumers need to pay the late payments within 30 days, for a total of 90 days’ extension.”

Apparently, the MCWD wants to do its bit to help the plight of Cebuanos affected by measures imposed by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Well, isn’t that nice of them?

Of course, it would be nicer if there was actually running water. Just ask the residents of Barangay Sambag 1. I was just told that supply there was intermittent.

I don’t know if the weather bureau Pagasa has declared summer yet, but I’m sure the water situation in the metro will only get worse before it can get any better, judging by what happened last year.

But wait, Daluz said the MCWD will provide 20 water trucks to areas with low to no water supply starting next week.

So there you go. No need to wake up in the middle of the night hoping there’ll be a trickle of water that you can store and use for the upcoming day. How convenient is that?

Of course, that means people will have to line up to get water, right? That also means they will have to go outside, right?

I just hope they’re disciplined enough to observe the one-meter “social distancing” rule currently mandated in public utility vehicles and in some establishments. Then again, people may not have showered or taken a bath because of the lack of water so that may deter others from getting up close and personal.


Still, Cebu City is under a general community quarantine. Residents are “strongly advised” to stay in their homes.

Of course, they can go out if they have to work, buy food, medicines and other necessary supplies or if they have to go to “medical areas and other public areas.” If they don’t have any important transactions, business or whatever, they should remain behind closed doors.

Well, “water” is up there with “air.” People can’t survive without water. So I guess it’s okay if they risk exposure to the virus. It’s not like they have any choice on the matter.

And they all have the MCWD to thank for that.