By NITZ ARANCON
THE Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. (Cobi) would invest in a two-megawatt power generator to end the overdependence of its water treatment facility in Baungon, Bukidnon, on the Misamis Oriental I Rural Electric Service Cooperative (Moresco 1).
Cobi general manager Rodrigo Yabut said he expects the two-megawatt power generator to be in place at Cobi’s water treatment plant in Barangay Pualas, Baungon town in six months.
Yabut said this means the delivery of treated water to the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) would no longer be disrupted because of blackouts in Pualas.
The Pualas water treatment facility was built by COWD’s former bulk water supplier, Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc.. Rio Verde and COWD terminated their decade-old contract in December 2017, allowing the Manny V. Pangilinan-controlled Cobi to take over effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Yabut said Cobi took over the management and operation of the water treatment plant that had no standby power generator and was dependent on the power supply of Moresco 1. Blackouts there result in water supply problems in western areas of Cagayan de Oro up to Opol, Misamis Oriental.
The procurement process has started, and the standby power generator would come from abroad, he said.
“Walay human da-an niini nga klasi sa power equipment, ahya pa kini i-manufacture human sa procurement process. Dili kini sama nianang gagmay nga generator nga atong sayon mapalit diha sa sa tindahan. You can just imagine, two megawatts gud ang iyang power capacity niini,” Yabut said.