AGOO, La Union – OFFICIALS of this municipality have joined hands with a private company to undertake a P350 million project that would restore a potable water system that was destroyed by the 1990 killer quake.
Mayor Sandra Y. Eriguel said that the need to restore the damaged water system has become one of the top priority projects of her administration because the current Agoo Water District (AWAD) does not have enough capacity to supply the potable water requirements of around 65,000 residents ” Mayor Eriguel said.
AWAD has actually stopped operation several years ago due to bankruptcy and its water supply becomes dirty due to dilapidated pipelines.
She said that a feasibility study of the project was started in 2011 and the Metro Agoo Waterworks, Inc (MAWI) already found and drilled a vast supply of clean and potable water along the Aringay River in Barangay Garcia Tubao, La Union.
Mr. Jolly Ting, MAWI chairman, said that they would install around seven kilometers of transmission lines going to Agoo and 53 kilometers of distribution pipes to serve some 6,500 households in the municipality.
“The project is expected to be finished by the last quarter of 2015 and we will deliver good potable water to households,” Ting said.
Ting said that aside from Agoo, they hope to expand the project to the adjacent towns of Aringay, Tubao and Sto. Tomas.
He said the water distribution rates would be based on the recommendations of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).
La Union’s 2nd District Representative Franny Eriguel was the one who initiated the project with MAWI after a series of consultation with stakeholders and local official concerned.
“It’s been 24 years, way back in the destruction of the 1990 earthquake, we’ve been longing for potable water. Now, we already have here a project that will provide us adequate and sufficient supply of clean and safe water,” Rep. Eriguel said.