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LWUA lead water agency in Yolanda relocation sites

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The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has been designated as the lead agency in the development of potable water supply systems for the resettlement sites Tacloban City for  thousands of families dislocated by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The P565-million project will be undertaken in two phases.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed recently by LWUA, National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Public Works and Highways Region VIII, Metro Leyte Water District (MLWD) and Tacloban City Government identifying and delineating the roles of each agencies.

LWUA Administrator Andres F. Ibarra said LWUA will be responsible for sourcing of funds for the projects, including the procurement of water delivery trucks.

Water for the medium-term water supply project will be drawn from the MLWD cistern at Sitio Serin and pumped to a 600-cubic-meter reservoir to be built at Barangay Cabalawan.

The permanent water supply source will be the LMWD treatment plant in Barangay Tingib in Pastrana.

Eight infiltration wells will be constructed and the existing slow sand filter of LMWD will be used as part of the treatment facility.

LWUA will prepare the detailed engineering designs, plans, contract drawings and specifications for the project and conduct the bidding for the project.

The project is estimated to be completed in six months, and the long-term project in 18 to 24 months.

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