Despite rain, water supply still insufficient in Isabela PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 May 2016 13:31

By RENE V. CARBAYAS

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Isabela City Water District (ISAWAD) clarified that even there was succeeding rain in the City, it does not determine normal water supply to their concessionaires.

This statement follows after complaints over the local radio station were heard questioning the district why the water supplies remained irregular despite successive rainfall.

ISAWAD Division Manager for Administrative and General Services Carla Shane Patega said that the water production is still below normal level. Contrary to what most of the concessionaires think, it doesn’t mean if there was rain, water supply will be normalized.

“For us to normalize our water supply there should have rain at water source. And our water source is in the highlands, even we’ll experience heavy rain here in the city, if there is no rain in the highland enough to increase our water supply, water is still scarce,” explained ISAWAD Manager Aleli Almodovar.

“But the good news is, there is an increase in the water supply production,” Patega added.

On the second week of May, there is a significant development in the water production since the district was able to produce 104 liters per second compared to 93.45 liters per second during the first week of May. The normal production of water is above 120 liters per second.

Patega further explained that despite the rainfall, El Niño is still present even if it is already on its terminal phase. We are still experiencing dry spells.

“The heat of El Niño still absorbs the water brought by the incoming La Niña. Therefore, as of now, it doesn’t make a difference to the water production,” said Patega.

This was confirmed by an El Niño advisory released by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that the current El Niño continues to weaken in the tropical Pacific. Thus, it is already in its terminal stage and the possibility of La Niña is imminent by the second half of the year.

PAGASA explained that La Niña event is characterized by a persistent cooler than average sea surface temperature anomalies (below -0.5 °C) over the tropical Pacific.

Patega projects that concessionaires have to wait until the month of July when water supply production will come to normal or above normal.

“By June, our water production will be from below normal to normal. And by July, it will be normal to above normal. There will be abundance of water,” Patega said.

“We will lift the water rationing if the water supply will normalize,” she added.

Abundance of water will also have adverse effects such as pipe lines will break due to extreme water pressure.

On the other hand, Patega said that they are still imposing the suspension of the acceptance of new connection application. They cannot repeal the suspension unless the water supply normalized. They are already open for orientation-seminar for interested applicants, though.

As of March this year, a household with an average 5-6 members consume 141 liters of water per day.

The water district caters to about 8,000 concessionaires in the city. (RVC/PIA-Basilan/with reports from Angela Corazon B.