Above photo shows the MNWD’s water lorry that delivers potable water to riverside communities in Naga, Canaman, Gainza, and Camaligan. Photo below shows the water districts rescue boat. (MNWD photos)
NAGA CITY --- “There will be no shortage in the supply of potable water in areas covered by the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD).”
That was the assurance made by MNWD Board President Jorge Palma as he allayed fears of shortage in the supply of drinking water due to dry spell bought by the El Nino phenomenon.
Drought has been reported to have hit many towns in Bicol provinces.
Palma said that there’s no cause for alarm within the service coverage of the MNWD as he cited the good water level condition in its two main sources of water, namely, the Curry springs in the municipality of Pili in Camarines Sur and in Barangay Panicuason, here.
Other Curry and Panicuason, the MNWD also maintains 29 pumping stations situated in this city and in neighboring municipalities of Gainza, Camaligan, Magarao, and Canaman which at present remain to be a source of adequate drinking water.
MNWD General Manager Virgilio Luansing said the status of these sources of water has been regularly monitored as they were found to be effectively working.
Engr. Luansing said there were instances in previous years that the water level in the springs went down in the month of July. But such condition was found to be temporary as the situation went back to normal in the following month of August which is covered by the rainy season.
“If ever there is a shortage of water supply, we are ready to adopt a contingency plan that will address the problem,” says Luansing. He also said that they can operationalize their pumping stations 24/7 if only to serve well the public.
The water district has been conducting regular monitoring and maintenance work of all its pumps and motors, power generation machines and other equipment to ensure that they all remain operational.
The MNWD also keeps a lorry and a boat that distribute potable water to households and other concessionaires in Naga, Canaman, Gainza, and Camaligan which are situated along the banks of the Naga River and Bicol River.
MNWD has a total number of 52,000 registered household and commercial concessionaires.