Mayor mulls water rationing to curb shortage in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 1 (PNA) – Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog here is eyeing water rationing as an option to serve city areas seriously affected by water shortage especially in the city proper.
The city mayor also acted with dispatch and called Local Waterworks Utilities Administration (LWUA) chairman Rene Villa regarding the critical water supply situation, saying that almost 50 percent of barangays in the city proper has no water supply from the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).
Villa, an Ilonggo, immediately called up MIWD general manager Le Jayme Jalbuena and ordered to do everything to solve the water crisis immediately.
The problem has seriously affected 22 barangays in the city proper, or more than 50,000 people. The water crisis is also felt in some areas in Jaro, Molo and Arevalo.
Seriously affected with water shortage are city proper barangays of Tanza Baybay, Tanza Timawa Zone 1, Tanza Timawa Zone 2, Rizal Palapala 1, Rizal Palapala 2, De la Rama, Muelle Loney, Gen. Hughes, Concepcion-Montes, Zamora-Milleza, Monica, Ma. Clara, San Jose and Ortiz.
Mabilog said he is requiring MIWD to come up with a contingency plan and explain why there is not enough water supply when the country is still in the wet season.
Through his spokesman Jeffrey Celis, the city mayor said among the contingency measures will be the emergency water supply rationing which MIWD is capable of doing so with several units of big water tankers.
“MIWD has the capacity for temporary outsourcing units to deliver water to areas especially in 12 waterfront barangays. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) also assured assistance to deliver water in the affected barangays,” Celis said.
Regarding the truck ban which prohibits delivery trunks and tankers to the city, Celis said the MIWD had never coordinated with the city mayor’s office regarding exemption from the truck ban.
“The city mayor assured that the Traffic Management and Transport Regulation Office (TMTRO) will allow the entry of MIWD tankers to deliver water here,” Celis said. (PNA)

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