AGOO, La Union – After 25 years since the July 1990 killer quake that destroyed its water supply system, potable drinking water finally flowed yesterday after the completion and ceremonial inauguration of this town’s P400- million worth water facility.
More than 500 business establishment operators and household owners grabbed the first day of application yesterday for the services of the Metro Agoo Waterworks, Inc. (MAWI), a subsidiary of the Calapan Waterworks Corp., after it opened the vast supply of clean and potable water from the filtration well installed along the banks of Aringay River in Barangay Garcia, Tubao, La Union.
Mr. Jolly Ting, MAWI chairman, told media persons that some 5,000 concessionaires will be initially served with water flowing along the ten- kilometer transmission lines from Tubao to Agoo, adding that some 60 kilometers of distribution pipelines will be installed to households.
Ting led the opening of a fire hydrant in front of the police station here indicating the abundant supply of water. “We can now deliver fresh potable water to households,” he said.
The ceremonial opening of the water facility was held in front the municipal hall here attended by Representative Franny Eriguel, who initiated the project along with his wife Mayor Sandra Eriguel, and local officials and residents.
Ting said the water distribution rates, which is about 20 cents per liter, would be based on the National Water Resources Board.
Mayor Eriguel said that the project was also in compliance to the Clean Water Act.
“ This is the day we have been waiting for. After 25 years, now there is already water flowing in our pipes. We now have clean, safe drinking water around the clock,” she said.
A feasibility study of the project was started in 2011 because Agoo residents badly needed potable water, according to Mayor Eriguel.
The killer quake destroyed the water table or aquifer of Agoo and that the underground supply became salty because of the town’s proximity to the Lingayen Gulf.
“Since then, the Agoo Water District (AWAD) could not longer supply consumers. AWAD went bankrupt because there are only 153 consumers left while Agoo has a population of 65,000 that need potable water,” she said.
AWAD stopped operation four years ago and its water supply became dirty due to dilapidated pipelines.
Rep. Eriguel initiated the project with MAWI after a series of consultation with stakeholders and local officials. He said that the project would be expanded in the neighboring towns of Aringay, Sto. Tomas and Rosario, and that a feasibility study is now on-going in these areas. JUN ELIAS/NorthboundPH