By NITZ ARANCON
THE Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) is expecting the Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. to start increasing the volume of its daily deliveries by another 20 million liters by 2019.
Cobi has already increased its delivery of treated in the city by 20 million liters a day last month, boosting the COWD supply for western areas of the city up to Opol town in Misamis Oriental from 40 million to 60 million liters a day.
COWD chairman Eduardo Montalvan said the water supply would be further increased by an initial of 20 million liters a day next year. This time, it would be for the eastern parts of the city.
Montalvan’s announcement came following Friday’s groundbreaking of a P251-million piple laying and reservoir retrofitting project at a COWD facility in Camaman-an.
The investment would put in place a nine-kilometer 600 millimeter steel pipe line from the COWD facility to Cobi’s water treatment plant in Baungon, Bukidnon.
The project is being funded by Metro Pacific Water Investment Corp. which controls the joint venture firm Cobi.
Montalvan said the project would include the retrofitting of COWD’s reservoir in Barangay Camaman-an to significantly improve the water supply in the city’s eastern areas.
“Kini nga project, lakip kini sa kontrata. Sila ang mag-install sa ilang pipeline, ug retrofitting sa among reservoir,” he said.
Montalvan said the objective is to ensure a “24/7” water supply in the eastern areas.
Mayor Oscar Moreno called the project a “breakthrough,” pointing out that the COWD should have started coping with the city’s growth as early as two decades ago when Cagayan de Oro started to develop into a highly urbanized city.
“This is even a milestone, and this will propel Cagayan de Oro to a greater advantage that we really deserve,” Moreno said.
“Actually, this should have been done 20 years ago when Cagayan de Oro really started to grow,” Moreno said.
Jose Maria Lim, chief executive officer of Metro Pacific Investment Corp., said the pipes that would be installed are similar to what has been in place in Metro Manila.
“You can expect that this facility will provide service for at least 50 years,” said Lim.
He said the target is to complete the multi-million peso project by October, this year.