BAGUIO CITY — Baguio Water District (BWD) General Manager Salvador Royeca assured residents of Baguio City that it will have enough supply of water despite the different tourism events in the city and the would-be effects of the “El Niño Phenomenon.”

Royeca on Tuesday said the BWD has been preparing for the “El Niño” with the adaptation measures to reduce its impact.

“The BWD constructed a lot of canals or ditches for our watersheds to capture the run-off water especially with the less rainfall being experienced in the Cordillera Region and with the announcement that we are going to have an El Nino,” Royeca said.

Royeca added that the BWD preserved the water collected at the Mount Santo Tomas Catchment Basin which may be used throughout the Baguio Flower Festival until March.

Royeca explained that the city has varying water demands especially with the expected thousands of tourists during the Panagbenga festivities, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Foundation Day and Graduation Rites and the observance of Holy Week.

The average demand is around 50,000 to 55, 000 cubic meters per day but it may increase to 100,000 cubic meters per day depending on number of people in the city.

The BWD at present has 65 pumping stations, 57 deep wells and five spring sources where it gets the supply of water rationed to residential homes, business establishments and government facilities.

Royeca, citing the assurance of having enough water supply, is calling on all tourists and residents to conserve water and help in the preservation of the watersheds and other water sources. PNA/