Mayor pushes local regulation for ground water extraction
Submitted by baguiocitydotcom on Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:15
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 3 years 3 weeks ago
BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Weekly Ugnayan Presser Wednesday warned of eventual underground water depletion if measures are not put in place to control the extraction of ground water here.
Domogan said, “the population of the city has risen drastically over the years that the need for water also increased.”
The city’s registered population as of May, 2010 is 318,676 persons with an annual population growth of 2.36 percent excluding students who reside in the city for educational purposes.
Water consumption rate in the city in cubic meters total 8,614,038 recorded in 2012 with the highest consumers from residential and commercial establishments.
The Baguio Water District (BWD) administers the water supply system and operates 60 deep wells with limited storage facilities.
The city government also passed in 2007, City Ordinance 13 or the Water Code of Baguio requiring water permit applicants to secure clearances and requirements before conducting ground drilling activities.
Domogan said, “although there are measures being undertaken to address water woes, it is important that the city government regulate the extraction of underground water to mitigate depletion.”
“Our groundwater is the biggest reserve of fresh water for the city and it makes up almost 75 percent of our water supply,” he stressed.
Aquifers need to be recharged by either rainwater or other water sources but during the summer season, the recharge rate is slow.
“If we cannot regulate private deep wells in extracting ground water, this might lead to depletion of our biggest source of drinking water,” he said.
Recently, the city mayor entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Manila Water Company, Inc. for the conduct of a feasibility study on a bulk water supply project for the city free of charge.
The mayor said a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the bulk water project can be worked out to help address water shortage and minimize the extraction of water underground.
Domogan said, “the effect of depletion of the underground aquifers can create sinkholes that may affect the surface.” ***paul rillorta