By NITZ ARANCON
THE Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. (Cobi) has failed to increase its delivery of treated water to the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) despite efforts to put in place booster pumps that adversely affected the water supply here on two occasions this month.
The booster pumps, based on public announcements made by the COWD, were supposed to allow the bulk water supplier to increase its daily delivery from 40 thousand cubic meters to 60 thousand cubic meters on or before Tuesday, May 15.
But as of yesterday or two days after the self-imposed deadline, Cobi has yet to deliver on its promise. This means the supply shortfall in the western parts of the city up to Opol town in Misamis Oriental has remained at 20 million liters a day.
COWD general manager Bienvenido Batar told the Gold Star Daily that he was informed that the delay was caused by a leaking mechanical seal at the Cobi-run water treatment facility that was built by Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc. in Barangay Pualas, Baungon town in Bukidnon.
Based on the 2017 joint venture agreement between COWD and Metro Pacific Water Investments Corp., Cobi’s owners, the bulk water supplier was supposed to supply 60 thousand cubic meters or 60 million liters of treated water to the water district everyday effective Jan. 1.
COWD said Cobi asked for more time, pointing out that a storm that struck the region in December last year damaged parts of its water supply infrastructure.
Batar said the daily supply from Cobi remained at 40 thousand cubic meters as of this week.
He however said COWD managed to improve the water supply in some barangays in the western part of it service area by making valve adjustments.