MCWD briefs Cimatu on sewerage, water supply status of Cebu City

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TO LOOK into the status of the water supply and sewerage system of Cebu City, retired general and former environment secretary Roy Cimatu met with Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) Chairman Jose Daluz III, Acting General Manager Stephen D. Yee and other top managers at the historic Buhisan Dam Friday, September 16, 2022.

Cimatu, who was recently hired as Cebu City consultant tasked to ensure that the city will achieve the mayor’s vision to be like Singapore, inquired about the water district’s programs to ensure that Cebu City will have adequate water supply.

Daluz explained to Cimatu that MCWD has been aggressive in its water sourcing efforts. One of these is the 15,000 cubic meters Lusaran Bulk Water Project, which will start supplying to the urban areas of Cebu City on Sunday, September 18.

Cimatu was also briefed about the desalination projects that MCWD has bid out under Republic Act (RA) 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act — one in Mambaling, Cebu City and another one in Opao, Mandaue City.

The desalinated bulk water supply contracts will have a validity of 25 years and each of the suppliers from these areas 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.

Another desalinated water project, which is located in Liloan town, will also be published soon for competitive challenge.

Daluz explained to Cimatu that having desalination plants as its major water source is MCWD’s direction now because Metro Cebu’s underground water sources are already compromised while major surface water sources have already been tapped.

Cimatu was also informed that the 110-year-old Buhisan Dam only produces up to 8,000 cubic meters of water a day or just five percent of MCWD’s total daily production.

MCWD is now producing 250,000 cubic meters of water per day from 138 wells, three surface water sources and private suppliers.

Regarding the sewerage system, Daluz said MCWD only operates septage treatment facilities — one in Cordova and one at the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.

Cimatu revealed that he wants to establish a sewerage system in Cebu City, as part of the direction toward achieving a Singapore-like city. (PR)