By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing Editor .
Just because a single electric post collapsed, more than 70,000 households in the western side of Cagayan de Oro City had no water supply for 12 hours last Thursday.
Ironically, this occurred while there was water everywhere due to a late afternoon downpour brought about by a low-pressure area weather system that day.
“Due to heavy rains and strong winds, a post for a high voltage line in Cabula [barangay Lumbia] fell down causing power outage from Moresco 1 since 5:55 p.m. today,” Cagayan de Oro Water District public information manager Ladele Sagrado posted in an online advisory.
Normal water supply was restored about 6 a.m. the next day.
Sagrado said Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water, Inc. (Cobi), which has a joint venture agreement with COWD for the former to supply about 300,000 cubic meters per day of surface water since last year, is still in the process of procuring a diesel-powered stand-by generator.
This, she said, Cobi may tap Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company for power supply next month, aside from Moresco I.
The COWD spokesperson said Moresco 1 cannot give an assurance on the duration of repair at that time and the toppled wooden post undeniably caused the unscheduled water supply interruption experienced in western service area, including barangay Camaman-an.
Cobi has a pipeline at Tipolohon junction in Camaman-an which is capable of supplying to 50,000 households.