SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The scorching heat has affected the water supply in one of the largest barangays in San Fernando City that residents are now asking for free water delivery.
Fely Tadina, a resident of Barangay Sevilla, said they have to line up for hours to fetch water from jetmatic-operated deep wells because of low water level in the area.
“During the months of April and May, the water quickly dries up in several deep wells, but this year, this is too much to bear,” she said.
She added that a barangay truck, which delivers water once in a while, cannot sustain the residents’ needs for one day.
Several years ago, Tadina said they got their water from Metro La Union Water District (MLUWD) but due to poor water delivery they decided to disconnect their accounts.
“From Purok 1 to 9, they (MLUWD) installed narrow pipes and they said that they would be changing them to bigger sizes but they didn’t act on it,” Tadina added.
“The whole barangay needs water,” she added, as she appealed to local government officials to help them augment their needs.
MLUWD division manager Benjamin Galvan declined to answer queries, adding that only their general manager, Roberto Nebrida, is authorized to speak in behalf of the company. Nebrida was reportedly on-leave.
Based on MLUWD’s social network accounts, the low water pressure was blamed on the hot weather.
In a related development, four pet dogs have already died according to La Union Veterinarian Office’ Alexander Mamuyac since March due to heat.