Water Crisis Grips Iloilo City
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Water Crisis Grips Iloilo City

Seeking Solutions Amid Scarcity

Jun 11, 2024, 12:44 AM
OpinYon Panay News Team

OpinYon Panay News Team


Iloilo City is grappling with a severe water crisis, prompting the local government to hold a series of urgent meetings with water utility distributors.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas has been at the forefront, engaging with Metro Pacific Iloilo Water (MPIW) and plans to meet South Balibago Waterworks to understand their strategies for improving the city's water supply.

In a recent press conference, Mayor Treñas expressed his concerns, noting, “We are facing a water crisis in Iloilo. I want to find out if our water situation has improved since MPIW started operating here five years ago.”

MPIW currently supplies about 26 percent of the city, while South Balibago Waterworks services the Jaro district.

State of Calamity

The urgency of these discussions is underscored by Iloilo City's declaration of a state of calamity due to water scarcity. Despite the onset of the rainy season, water rationing continues in several barangays, even affecting the city hall.

Treñas is also exploring potential new investors, including recent talks with Manila Water, emphasizing the city's ambition to be the third most livable city in the Philippines, which hinges on providing reliable potable water to more Ilonggos.

MPIW has acknowledged the challenges and is taking steps to address infrastructure and supply issues. The utility aims to recover 10 million liters per day (MLD) of water losses through ongoing pipe rehabilitation and advanced leak detection technology.

Long-Term Resolve

Additionally, pre-development has begun on a 60.5 MLD desalination plant, expected to nearly double the current 70 MLD target for Iloilo City. However, this plant will take approximately 18 months to become operational.

While these long-term solutions are underway, the immediate need for a reliable water supply remains critical. Mayor Treñas emphasizes the need for interim solutions to bridge the gap until the desalination plant can provide relief.

The situation in Iloilo City highlights the pressing need for robust infrastructure and proactive measures to ensure a sustainable water supply. The local government's proactive engagement with water utilities is a crucial step in addressing this crisis, but swift and effective actions are essential to mitigate the current water scarcity and secure the city's future.

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