Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado yesterday expressed dismay over the volume of water wasted from a busted pipeline of Maynilad Water Services Inc. in Manila on Thursday.
Alvarado, also chairman of the Regional Development Council in Bulacan, lamented that the wasted water was enough to irrigate drying farmlands in Bulacan and Pampanga.
He added that the busting of the Maynilad pipes came at a time when water conservation is urgently imposed not only in Metro Manila but even the entire country, not to mention the fact that most of the areas in the Visayas and Mindanao are experiencing severe drought.
The busted pipelines that caused unnecessary flooding in Santa Mesa, Manila was the same perennial problem Bulacan encountered last December caused by mismanagement of big dams in the province.
“It is about time concerned authorities take notice of this and put our God-given natural wealth into good use and not let it go down the drain,” Alvarado said.
He said that Angat Dam, located in the mountains of Norzagaray town, supplies 97 percent of the water needs of Metro Manila and nearby areas.
From every 60 cubic meters per second discharged from Angat Dam, 22 percent are meant for potable water needs of Metro Manila, while 36 percent should be intended for irrigation purposes, while the remaining percent are for other purposes, he pointed out.
Alvarado also cited a World Bank finding that almost half of the wasted water goes unaccounted.
“The worse case here is that while the water resources from our mountain is getting wasted, the province of Bulacan is not even getting even a single centavo from our own natural wealth,” he said.
Alvarado said that Bulacan has a Constitutional right over the use of their natural wealth and should get one percent of the gross sales, according to the provisions of the Local Government Code.