Water, rice supply unaffected by El Nino

UPDATED | March 29, 2016, 3:08 PM

DAVAO CITY–The water supply of the city is still enough despite the prevalence of El Nino currently devastating Mindanao, said the Davao City Water District (DCWD).

“As of now, it (El Nino) has no direct effect yet to our water supply. We still provide the usual amount of water every year,” said DCWD spokesperson Bernardo Delima.

Delima said it is because 99.7 percent of the city’s water supply is sourced underground.

He said the supply is in fact, regular since last year.

Delima bared that the water supply is only interrupted because of the rotational brownouts. It causes production wells not to operate normally.

“We are only affected by brownouts. Our production wells cannot run during brownouts and thus, we will have difficulty extracting water from these wells,” he said.

The city has 52 production wells. Three more are being constructed and expected to be completed in the last quarter of this year.

Aside from that, a surface water project in Tamugan River is being built by the DCWD.

Delima said the project can supply an approximately 300 million liters of water every day to 90 percent of the city’s household.

The target completion of the project will be on 2019.

Delima, however encouraged the public to conserve water despite its supply is indirectly affected by drought.

He reminded the public to reuse water as much as possible and check water pipes and lines for possible leaks.

Aside from the water supply, rice is still adequate in the city.

“Sa pagkakaron, naa tay 300,060 bags sa atong mga NFA (National Food Authority) warehouses diri sa Davao City,” said NFA Provincial Manager Virgilio Alerta.

(As of now, we have 300,060 sacks of rice placed in our NFA warehouse here in Davao City.)

Added to that are the 300,020 sacks of rice imported from Thailand which just arrived in the city.

Alerta said same is also true in other parts of Davao Region such as Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental. The city is ready to help the neighboring regions in case of rice shortages.

“Kung naay mga probinsya within Davao Region nga magkinahanglan og ayuda, ato na silang tagaan. Sa pagkakaron, wala pa may nanginahanglan nga probinsya,” he said.

(If there are provinces in Davao Region who needs assistance, we will give them. But for now, they don’t experience shortage yet.)

He added that Davao City consumes an average of 10,300 sacks of rice every day.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Water, rice supply unaffected by El Nino, March 28, 2016

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