Water woes fix pressed

Quevedo said the dwindling supply of water will be augmented once the P12.2-billion New Centennial Water Supply Project becomes operational

Government Corporate Counsel Rogelio Quevedo has pressed the creation of a Department of Water to solve the country’s recurring potable water supply insufficiency.

“I think we should really have a Department of Water because (water) is a big problem. Look at the Kaliwa Dam, until now it has not been finished — it hasn’t been completed by two administrations,” Quevedo said in an interview with Straight Talk on Tuesday, an online show of the Daily Tribune.

“But during this administration, maybe I can tell you that it (construction) will roll and I think maybe by 2027 (the dam will be ready),” he added.

Quevedo said the dwindling supply of water will be augmented once the P12.2-billion New Centennial Water Supply Project becomes operational. And with a Department of Water in place, supply will be better regulated, he added.

“The one that actually ensures the provision of water throughout Metro Manila is the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, but it’s having a hard time seeing what our water has become,” he said.

“We can get water from Kaliwa Dam now because the problem is that our water only comes from Angat, then the Laguna De bay, the water in Laguna De Bay is a problem, the cleaning of the water in Laguna De Bay is a big problem,” he added.

Kaliwa Dam is a 60-meter-high concrete gravity dam on the Kaliwa River that will have a reservoir surface area of 291 hectares. It is regarded as the solution to an expected water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

It will have a maximum gross reservoir volume of 57 million cubic meters and a discharge capacity of 600 million liters a day.

To date, around 32 bills had been filed in the House of Representatives to create a department that will oversee all water-related issues.

The bills are pending before the committee on government reorganization. The proposed measures seek to create an “umbrella department” that integrates all stages of water resource management.


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