Conserve water: Our contribution to the city’s water crisis PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 February 2016 15:12

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Scarcity of water will stay in the city for many months, unless the El Nino phenomenon will end and the rains will come to fill up our rivers which are our only source of potable water. This warning came from Engr. Alejo Roxas, Assistant General Manager for Operation of our City Water District, in an early morning interview over Brigada Radyo with Sai Cortez. It was also gathered during the interview that the cloud seeding to induce rain has not created much rain for the city to augment our water supply and fill up to the brim our water reservoirs. This is nature’s work and no one is to blame, more so the City Water District. In fact, it was announced that the city will undergo another round of changed water rationing schedules that will start on the first week of March and the grim notice is, the city will now only have 7 hours of water rationing per area per day and not anymore 12 hours a day. This is indeed alarming and it needs the city’s residents to cooperate in conserving water.

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Residential water concessionaires must bear the strict conservation of water to save the city from drying up. Leaking water connections must be repaired or reported to the water district. Home faucets must not remain open and leave precious water flowing without use. “Kasambahays” or household domestic helpers, must be given strict instructions to conserve water, because it is noted that household helpers just don’t care about water conservation in the city because most of them came from the barangays or provincial municipalities where their homes are just beside a flowing river, with no water meters. Washing the family’s linen must be scheduled and helpers must be told that they cannot bath many times and anytime of the day, that they used to be, before the water crisis. This is a fact that cannot be denied and perhaps this water conservation instructions are not a violation of the “Kasambahay Law, penned by Senator Kiko Pangilinan”.

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Amid this water crisis, water price per cubic meters of usage has increased. Without conserving water, a household will suffer two consequences:  an increase in water bill and the possibility of  longer water shortages. Remember too that the water financial operation of the water district has stopped their policy of one month arrears and you must now pay the current bill usage or suffer the penalty of disconnection.This is a fair policy, but it must be for all water concessionaires, big or small.

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What has happened to the reported cases of illegal water connections discovered allegedly in Campo Islam and Rio Hondo and other areas of the city? Reports further revealed that these unscrupulous water concessionaires sell potable water by the drums and gallons without buying their “water for sale” to the City Water District? How about those households with water pumps?  The instruction is that they cannot pump water directly from the water connection to their house for their daily water consumption but pump water from a mini- reservoir in their homes and from there they get their daily water consumption. The wisdom behind this mini-reservoir in their homes is to prohibit the prolong water pumping and the pump stops when the mini-reservoir is filled with water, so water will be distributed evenly in the neighborhood. Has this been implemented strictly? With the city water crisis, sales of water pump in our hardware storers are like “hot cakes”.

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How about the city’s industrial factories that need big volume of water to operate their business” Do they have water reservoir in their factories if they draw water directly from our main water pipelines? Because not all of these factories in the city have deep well water source, especially those factories situated near residential areas where deep well water source is polluted and odorous. Perhaps, Engr. Alejo Roxas, AGM for operation, can inspect these factories for compliance following the “Visitorial Powers”  of the water district on their big water loaders.

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Scoop:This is the time to cooperate with the city water district. The water crisis is upon the shoulders of all water users, no one should have more water than his neighbor, all people need water even animals and it must be shared. The greedy water concessionaire must be thrown to the “hottest part of hell”. Agree or disagree.