City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog announced that starting this Saturday water tankers hired by the city will deliver water in all the barangays, especially those not served by the Metro Iloilo Water District.
The delivery will last until end of this month.
A total of 50 water deliveries each day direct to the barangays will be conducted by trucks carrying some 2,000 liters each delivery.
The Metro Iloilo Water District reported recently that 58 barangays are not served while two are augmented with tanker deliveries.
The areas are mostly in the waterfront barangays, Bo. Obrero, city proper, Molo and La Paz,
The water delivery will be funded from the P2 million remaining calamity fund for quick response.
However, water delivered direct to the barangays is only good for washing, bathing and cooking and must not be used as drinking water.
Drinking water will be provided by the barangays as these are also allowed to use their own calamity fund.
Mabilog admitted the water delivery assistance is only a palliative strategy.
If needed deliveries will be extended next year using the new calamity fund of 2013.
He said he is still looking forward to a short term water project through the MIWD with its bulk water project assuring an additional 25,000 cubic meter per day through the pipelines,
MIWD has buried new pipes in 2007 at the cost of some P200 million and this will be tested when the bulk water supply project be completed early next year.
A long term water project is expected to take off after the completion of the P11.2 billion Jalaur River Multi Purpose Project by 2016.
The project is envisioned to deliver an additional 35,000 cubic meters of water per day in the city and province of Iloilo. (Source: PNA)