By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
While the country and most parts of Iloilo are suffering from the dry spell caused by the El Niño phenomenon, the ongoing upgrade of the water treatment facilities of Metro Iloilo Bulk Water Supply Corp (MIB) in Santa Barbara, Iloilo is seen to improve water supply throughout the dry season.
Currently, the upgrade is on schedule and will be finished by the end of March 2019.
According to Eng. Rolixto V. Jodieres Jr., chief operating officer of MIB, the upgrade is timely as the country braces for the El Niño season.
“We already completed the construction of the infiltration gallery. This is the source of the additional raw water supply. This infiltration gallery has a design capacity of at least 10 million liters per day (MLD). The move is in time since the country is experiencing El Niño,” he said.
The production facilities of MIB also secured standby power generators to combat longer scheduled power interruptions during the dry season.
“These generators will provide buffer power supplies so MIB could deliver consistently even without supply from local electric cooperatives,” Jodieres said.
The month-long repair and rehabilitation, which started last Feb26, costs around P180million.
“Once completed, the plant would greatly benefit the economic growth of Iloilo City with its additional water supply,” Jodieres said.
To combat the effects of dry season, MIB also tapped the services of small bulk water providers in Iloilo to augment its supply during the dry season.
The upgrade is part of the development programs following the joint venture project of Metro Pacific Water (MPW) and Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) last December 2018.
The joint venture paved the way for the P12.3-billion water facility upgrades in Iloilo City that will guarantee the almost 1.4 million residents in the metro with safe, potable, and sufficient water supply in the next 25 years.
In August 2017, MPW also signed a joint venture agreement with the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) for the establishment of a joint venture company that will undertake the management of treated bulk water supply and requirements of Cagayan de Oro City.
After the formation of the joint venture company in 2018, a series of rehabilitation works on water facilities were conducted and led to increased water supply in Cagayan de Oro City from 40 MLD to 60 MLD.
Around P250 million were used for the construction of a 9-kilometer pipeline which ultimately boosted the water supply in Cagayan de Oro City.
The ongoing rehabilitation works of MIB water treatment plant is expected to boost the water supply available in the franchise areas of MIWD.