Harnessing rainwater to address flood woes


MALOLOS, Bulacan: The provincial government here said that studies are being conducted to build two water distillation plants at the Calumpit and Hagonoy side of Angat river as plans are underway to construct a mini reservoir at the Candaba swamp in Pampanga province.

Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said the plan to build the reservoir may end the perennial flood problem in several towns in the province.

Sy-Alvarado said that while the long term solution would need billions of pesos for effective flood control projects, the provincial government may make money by harnessing rain water.

“Just imagine if we would sell all this surface water to Saudi Arabia or other middle east countries who are converting sea water to fresh water,” he added.

The governor, chairman of the Regional Development Council in Central Luzon, monitored on Saturday the floods at the command center of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office here.

The two coastal towns, he pointed out, are perennial catch basins of back-floods coming from the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Pampanga through the Candaba swamp as well as the voluminous release of excess water from Angat, Ipo and Bustos dams.
He said that proper dam management can help mitigate the flooding.

He also mentioned the conversion of the Bayabas river into a dam as one of the solutions to the floodings.

He explained that during typhoon season waters coming from Bayabas river flow towards Bustos dam which is always filled of excess waters released by Angat and Ipo dams.


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