By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Davao City Water District (DCWD) assured consumers in this city that water supply remains sufficient despite the onset of El Niño.
DCWD spokesperson Atty. Bernardo D. Delima said on Friday that at least 99.3 percent of the city’s supply comes from a groundwater source, making it less susceptible to the impact of the drought, which is currently affecting several areas in the country.
“Our ground wells have a depth of 150 to 200 meters,” he said.
He added areas relying on surface water sources such as rivers and dams are most likely affected by El Niño.
The city is expected to tap surface water, specifically the Tamugan River, as the Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc., a joint venture between Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) and J.V. Angeles Construction Corporation (JVACC), started the construction of the P12-billion Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP) of the Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc. after its inauguration in November 2019.
Based on the joint venture agreement, the Apo Agua “will take charge of the water extraction and treatment while DCWD is responsible for the water distribution.”
The project will have the capacity to supply over 300 million liters of potable water daily upon its completion by 2021.