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Friday, April 23, 2010

MCWD to empty Buhisan dam

04/23/2010 - AMID the dry spell in the country, Cebu’s main water distributor is emptying the Buhisan Dam to desilt it. This will mean water supply will be short in 126,000 households in Barangay Lagtang in Talisay City, in the mountain barangays of Cebu City, and Barangay Punta Engaño in Lapu-Lapu City.

Ernie Delco, Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) assistant manager for operations, said three trucks will supply water in areas that will have “minimal to zero” water.
Buhisam Dam accounts for five percent of MCWD’s supply.

The rest of MCWD’s consumers will be serviced by the 113 deep wells and the diversion weir in Barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City, which produces 95 percent of MCWD’s water.

MCWD sources 10,000 cubic meters (cbm) per day from the Jaclupan weir alone.

But these water sources are also in danger of depletion because of the dry spell.

“It’s a cause for alarm especially if El Niño stays on till mid-June,” Delco said.

From 2,000 cbm per day, MCWD has increased its water production to 4,000 cbm per day so the dam is emptied faster, said Delco.

Given this production rate, Buhisan Dam will be empty in three to four weeks. Once empty, the silt and mud that have accumulated in its bed will be removed.

When desilted, the dam can accommodate more water.

Delco, in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, said once the Buhisan Dam is emptied, it will be filled back with rainwater.

But the limited rainfall this season will delay the filling up of the dam.

Rainfall in April usually hits 45 centimeters (cm) but as of April 20 this year, it registered only 1.5 cm.

The weather bureau in Mactan expects the level to go up to 2.5 cm. by end of the month.

MCWD’s 113 deep wells that are located all over Metro Cebu and the diversion weir in Jaclupan are also in danger of depletion because of the dry spell.

Delco said MCWD has now lowered the daily production of the Jaclupan weir from 10,000 cbm to 8,000 to 9,000 cbm.

MCWD is monitoring its deep wells after three of them were found to be not producing enough.

Delco said it is likely water service will be interrupted for six to eight hours in the areas mentioned.

Areas affected by the rotating power outages, where MCWD’s water booster generators are located, will have no water at certain hours.

Most of the northern and southern Metro Cebu towns will not be affected yet, Delco said.

Aside from monitoring the deep wells, MCWD is minimizing systems losses by checking pipe leaks.

Starting next week, MCWD will issue a daily advisory on water services.

Delco requested the public to conserve water. (Sun Star)


  1. MCWD is a jerk and stupid! Right now, I don't even have water throughout the day! Water just comes out in the evening at 1am. Can you imagine that?! Who the hell in their right minds would be awake at that time?

  2. the teller in MCWD in Lapu-Lapu City is soooo suplada..can u replace that teller with a Excellent interpersonal skills and willing to get along with other people..please...


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