By NITZ ARANCON
Over 100,000 affected due to damaged Cobi shaft
THE water supply in western and some eastern villages in the city plunged by 50 percent over the weekend after a major water pump ground to a halt, adversely affecting an estimated 125 thousand people in the city.
Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) general manager Bienvenido Batar Jr. said the supply drop has been inconveniencing as many as 20 thousand residential and commercial establishments in the western part of the city, including villages in Opol town in Misamis Oriental.
Batar said it has also affected some five thousand residential and commercial establishments in some eastern villages of the city.
The affected areas are experiencing low water pressure or, in some cases, no water supply at all.
He said the water supply for these areas was reduced by half or from 60 million liters to 30 million liters a day since 11 pm Saturday due to a bad shaft in the water pump of COWD’s bulk water supplier, Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. (Cobi), in Baungon town in Bukidnon.
Cobi, according to Batar, sent the damaged shaft to a machine shaft.
In an advisory, COWD spokesperson Ladelle Sagrado said the damage forced Cobi to shut down one of its water pumps but the bulk water supplier notified the water district that it expected to complete the repair this morning.
“Since more time is needed for pressure build-up once Cobi operations [have normalized], water supply to the affected areas is expected to be restored late in the afternoon,” Sagrado said.
In the meantime, COWD has resorted to sending its crew to deliver treated water to areas that have no water supply, particularly elevated places.