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Blackout to dry up faucets for 9 hours: Lao frowns again, to summon COWD, Cobi execs

By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent . 

HALF the city would suffer at least half a day of water supply interruption today. Reason: the Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. would be unable to operate its plant in Barangay Pualas, Baungon town in Bukidnon, because of a scheduled blackout.

In an advisory, the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) said the blackout would result in nine hours of water interruption in many parts of the city, mostly in the western sections.

COWD said Cobi notified it of the power interruption schedule of the Misamis Oriental I Rural Electric Service Cooperative that supplies electricity to Cobi’s water treatment plant in Baungon.

COWD said the blackout would result in a water supply interruption from 8 am to 5 pm today.

To be adversely affected are barangays Lumbia, Pagatpat, Canitoan, Kauswagan, Bonbon, Carmen, Patag, Bulua, Iponan, including the municipality of Opol in Misamis Oriental.

The water supply in some parts of Gusa, Lapasan and Camaman-an would also be affected, according to COWD.

Eduardo Montalvan, COWD chairman, said Cobi was asked by water district officials not to be dependent on Moresco for its power needs. He said this is the reason why Cobi is setting up its own power-generation facility in Baungon.

“They have started doing this,” said Montalvan.

But a councilor, Teodulfo Lao Jr., was unhappy that Cobi has remained dependent on the Moresco power supply.

Lao said the city council’s committee on public utilities would summon Cobi and COWD officials to answer questions about the water treatment plant’s dependence on Moresco.

“Dapat mag-install sila og power generator aron dili mabalda ang ilang paghatud serbisyo sa panubig. Dili unta sila magsalig sa power supply sa Moresco,” said Lao.

He said today’s scheduled water supply interruption only shows Cobi’s lack if not, absence of contingency measures.

Lao also criticized COWD, saying that at the end of the day, its officials are answerable to the city’s water consumers.

“Na-a may generator ang COWD. Ila sa unta kanang pahulaman sa Cobi mintras wala pay ilang standby power aron kon mag-brownout ang Moresco, andar gihapon ang ilang mga makina,” he said.

Lao said the city’s water supply problems cannot go on like this, and COWD’s advisories “are not enough.”

“Dako silag kita unya ilang  ipag-antos ang katawhan nga  walay tubig kon walay kuryente ang Moresco. Dili puwede na,”  Lao said. (with reports from Kristian Dave Achondo and Herbie Gomez)

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