MCWD partially restores water supply in 79 barangays

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THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) has partially restored the water supply of at least 79 barangays or 47 percent of the total 168 barangays that the water district is serving.

As of Dec. 27, 2021, MCWD is producing 133,300 cubic meters of water per day or 55.6 percent of its total normal production of 240,000 cubic meters a day. This means at least 120,000 of the 200,000 total service connections now have running water.

The water supply is from the 62 wells that are now up and running, 36 of which are powered by generator sets and 26 Visayan Electric-energized.

MCWD has a total of 138 production wells in different locations within its service area — Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay City, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela and Cordova.

Right after the typhoon, the MCWD’s Production and Distribution Department (PDD) immediately deployed generator sets to start the restoration efforts of the water district.

Tommy Gonzales, PDD Acting Manager, explained that among the factors they considered in deploying the generator sets is the accessibility of the pumps, which means the location is not obstructed by fallen trees and other debris, as well as its compatibility with the well’s electrical rating.

Pumps that produce water that is directly fed to the consumers are also prioritized.

Now that Visayan Electric has energized 26 of MCWD’s wells, the generator sets are transferred to other wells that do not have power yet and are located in areas that could not be reached by the supply from Visayan Electric-powered wells.

Some of MCWD’s well fields like those in Lagtang, Casili and Jaclupan have “in-place” generator sets and one generator set can energize a cluster of wells. These generator sets utilize the power line of Visayan Electric in order to supply power to more than one well. If the Visayan Electric line connected to the generator set is toppled by a typhoon, the wells could not be powered immediately and will have to wait for Visayan Electric to repair the line.

Meanwhile, MCWD reiterates that the water it is providing to its consumers is clean and safe for drinking.

It also appealed to consumers whose water service is restored not to join the long queue in water refilling stations and give a chance to those who do not have access to potable water.

It also asks the public not to destroy or damage water meter standpipes and stub-outs just to get water.

Destruction of stub-outs can result in contamination of water and can also further lessen the already scarce supply because water is wasted as flow from damaged stub-outs could not be controlled.

When the supply becomes normal again, households will not get water if the stub-outs are busted. (PR)

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