MCWD: Revenue losses in 2021 also due to Odette damage

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THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) defended itself from the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) that more than P100 million worth of income has been lost due to leakage of water pipes.

The state auditors said in their 2021 report that the MCWD's non-revenue water (NRW) had already reached 29.04 percent, which is over the acceptable minimum rate of only 20 percent.

“The percentage of NRW to total water production of MCWD was 29.04 percent for CY 2021, which is beyond the maximum acceptable rate of 20 percent, set under the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Board Resolution 444, Series 2009 as amended,” the COA report stated.

This means that MCWD lost revenue of around P116.14 million, it added.

In a statement sent to SunStar Cebu Friday, August 26, the water district said that one of the factors that contributed to the high percentage of NRW was the damage brought about by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021.

After the devastation of the typhoon, MCWD said that it delivered water using trucks to areas that did not have a water supply.

"The consumers were not charged for the water delivered to them thus increasing the NRW. Several lines were also damaged causing leaks and water wastage," MCWD said.

The water district also said that there were instances where pipelines were damaged by heavy equipment used for drainage projects of different local government units.

COA, in its recommendation, said the MCWD must immediately implement additional preventive measures to reduce the NRW rate to the acceptable maximum level of 20 percent or lower to prevent further revenue losses.

In response, MCWD assured its consumers that it will continue to find solutions to reduce its NRW, which translates to better service. (IRT)