Puerto Princesa faces water crisis


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The management of the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) has warned its 34,000 consumers anew on the harsh effects of the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation, commonly called ENSO.

PPCWD General Manager Antonio Jesus Romasanta said the current supply source in Barangay Irawan in this city is merely rainwater catchment, which is why when the El Niño phenomenon happens, the water level in the dam decreases and becomes unable to deliver water to the homes of consumers.

On February 21, the PPCWD announced that some areas in the center of the city might experience low-pressured water or no water at all. This is because the water level in Irawan is already low at 66 centimeters, and maintained pressure at the town’s central system is down too, at 10 per square inch.

On April 6, it announced that starting April 8, “water rationing” will be imposed, particularly affecting certain areas in barangays Tiniguiban, San Pedro, Mandaragat, Pagkaka- isa, Bagong Silang, Sicsican, Maningning, Manggahan, Mo-del, Masikap, Magkakaibigan, Masipag, Maunlad, Bagong Sikat, Milagrosa, and Bancao-Bancao .

Water rationing has two schedules now: 12 midnight to 12 noon in low-lying areas; and 12 noon to 12 midnight in elevated parts of the city.

The last rainfall in Puerto Princesa was recorded on February 11, Romasanta said, and at present supply is sourced out from ground water wells, such as deep wells located in different parts of the city.

Based on studies by the PPCWD, Puerto Princesa needs 14,000 cubic meters of water daily. However, currently 8,000 cubic meters are only sourced from the deep wells.

Romasanta said residents can help reduce the ill-effects of the El Niño by going along with water tips, such as re-using water shower, repairing and reporting leaks, using glass when brushing teeth, and catching rainwater with buckets.

Water that have no soap and have been used to wash the laundry can be used to water plants, or flush toilets, he said.

The PPCWD is “just thankful,” he said, that there are deep wells to supply water during the mild El Niño the city is experiencing.



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