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Water shortage: No timetable yet

By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent .

THE Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. (Cobi) is facing difficulties in fixing a major pump in its water treatment plant in Baungon, Bukidnon, and no one can say when the water supply in western parts of the city and in Opol, Misamis Oriental, would normalize.

Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) general manager Bienvenido Batar Jr. revealed this yesterday even as he said he has asked Cobi to update the COWD about the status of the ongoing repair works.

On Monday, Cobi resorted to an emergency shutdown because of the impeller shaft of one of its pumps broke, resulting in the reduction of its daily delivery to COWD from 60 million liters a day to 40 million.

As a result, consumers in some areas, mostly in the city’s first district, have been inconvenienced by low water pressure while others, especially those in elevated areas, have no tap water supply at all.

Batar said he learned that Cobi was having difficulties in repairing the pump.

The COWD, he said, was monitoring the repair but it could not say when the daily tap water supply would shoot back to 60 million liters.

Ladelle Sagrado, COWD spokesperson, said the Cobi underdelivery has been affecting Lumbia, upper Carmen, Patag, Bulua, Iponan, and Opol town in Misamis Oriental, including Igpit.

She and Batar said mechanical problems like what Cobi is experiencing takes less than a week to fix.

“Based on our experience, pump repair takes at least three days to complete, but we are coordinating with Cobi on the matter,” Sagrado said.

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