The Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) has exerted greater efforts to increase its water supply for its consumers since the bulk water supply system is not yet operational.
MIWD Manager Lee Jayme Jalbuena said they have drilled two deep wells along the
Tigum River in Bgy. Tabucan, Cabatuan to increase its supply by at least 40 liters per second. The additional volume of water is said to serve about 2,800 households in Iloilo City and the towns of Cabatuan, Sta. Barbara, and Pavia.
Jalbuena added that additional wells will soon be built in Oton and San Miguel to extract 5,000 cubic meters of water per day.
Further, it will also pursue the construction of centralized treatment facilities in these towns to guarantee the safety and quality of water supply from ground sources.
Meanwhile, Local Water Utilities Administration Chairman Rene Villa said these initiatives augment the water supply but they still do not solve the water crisis in the city and province.
The solution is said to be in the hands of the Flo Water Resources Iloilo, Inc., contractor of the P1.3-billion bulk water supply project, which failed to operate it last March 26 as agreed.
The supplier failed because of lack of permit yet from the National Water Resources Board, and some other requirements not complied with.
The bulk water supply aims to deliver an additional 25,000 cubic meters of water per day to MIWD consumers, coming from two injection points – Sta. Barbara to Pavia, and Leganes to Jaro.