BAGUIO CITY — For a mountain resort, water is one ingredient which cannot be taken lightly especially during this prolonged El Nino episode.
As such Baguio Water District (BWD) General Manager Salvador Royeca is calling on Baguio residents to help in efforts to conserve water by not splurging this precious resource.
Royeca made the call Thursday even as he assured residents that there was enough supply of water to feed the needs of both locals and tourists who were expected to flock to the city for the annual Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga.
“El Nino only affects surface water sources,” explained Royeca who added that majority of the water distributed to city consumers come from underground aquifers.
In order to hasten the recharging of these underground sources, the BWD built canals and ditches in its watersheds to allow water to seep into the aquifers faster, he said.
Because of this, Royeca said that there should be no lack in supply for water when visitors come to witness the Panagbenga show stoppers float and street dancing parades, which are expected to attract close to a million tourists.
“On average without visitors, Baguio needs about 40,000 to 45,000 cubic meters of water daily. This increases to as much as 100,000 cubic meters a day during the peak tourist months, especially last December 2014,” he added.
Still there is nothing to worry about as the BWD has also instituted measures to ensure that water supply will not be affected when the summer months come.
“We have extra water sources which we can use when the regular water sources (dwindle),” Royeca assured.
Despite these assurances, Royeca said there was still a need to conserve water.
“We should not waste water as much as possible,” he said. PNA/northboundasia.com