QC adopts initiatives to save water, utilize other water sources

By Marita Moaje

July 19, 2023, 7:21 pm

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(PNA file photo)

MANILA – In order to help save water and utilize other available water sources such as rainwater, the Quezon City government will implement various initiatives amid impending water interruption due to the low water level of Angat Dam.

In a press statement on Wednesday, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city government is now consolidating and harmonizing all initiatives under the city’s Task Force El Niño, to be institutionalized by virtue of an executive order from her office.

Among the initiatives being undertaken is the installation and operation of rain harvesting systems on city-owned buildings, including schools.

Belmonte earlier instructed City Engineer Dale Perral to install such a system, which she said, can help store up to 6,000 liters of rainwater that may be used for various purposes.

Malaki ang maitutulong nito para mapagaan ang epekto ng water interruption sa ating lungsod, lalo na sa mga komunidad na maaapektuhan ng water interruption (This can help a lot in mitigating the effect of water interruption in the city, especially in the communities that may be affected by said water interruption),” Belmonte said.

Maynilad announced last week that daily water service interruptions of up to 11 hours starting Wednesday (July 12) may be imposed on numerous QC villages due to the decrease in the water level of Angat Dam.

Meanwhile, aside from the rain harvesting system, Perral said the city government also has ongoing and upcoming retention basin projects that can help store up to 200,000 gallons of water.

“While retention basins are used for flood mitigation, they can also be a source of stored rainwater,” Perral explained.

Moreover, Belmonte has instructed the Infrastructure Committee to study the possible use of drip irrigation technology for ornamental plants for the city’s urban farms.

“Through this, we can optimize the use of available water supply for the various urban farms that are flourishing in our city,” Perral said.

To mitigate water loss and prevent wastage, the city government is also closely coordinating with water companies, especially in repairing of leaks.

“We encourage water companies with ongoing infrastructure projects like pipe laying and leak repairs to coordinate closely with the city government to ensure less public inconvenience. In the same manner, we are encouraging them to install water meters right beside government and school buildings and not too far from their compounds to immediately address possible water loss from leaks,” he said.

Coordination between the barangay officials and the QC Community Relations Department was also strengthened for the proper information dissemination of Maynilad’s schedule of tankers that will provide water to affected barangays.

The QC Public Affairs and Information Services Department and Quezon City Citizen Services Department will also closely coordinate with the water concessionaires for the early release and dissemination of water interruption schedules on the official website and social media pages of the city government.

Belmonte has been actively campaigning for responsible water use through the Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department and even issued a memorandum to all city department and barangays to use water responsibly and promote responsible water management. (PNA)