Surigao City residents frown at water supply

Prolonged inadequate water supply from Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) last week has forced hundreds, if not thousands, of Surigao City residents to fetch water from neighboring barangays for their immediate consumption and daily use.

In some high ground areas in Barangay Washington, particularly in the Capitol stretch, Pag-asa Hills and Silay Hills, residents were fuming on the lack of water supply which ran for over two weeks.

Also not spared from the water shortage was Barangay Taft, an urban barangay which has the biggest number in terms of population, where residents would berate SMWD personnel. Its most affected areas were Espina Village and the hilly portion of Talipapa.

In low-lying urban barangays such as Luna, Sabang, Rizal and San Juan - they suffered from a low water supply.

Joel Tudtud, a resident of Payawan I, Barangay Luna, said they have to wait for 11 o’clock in the evening before they could start filling in water on their containers because only at that time when water would start flowing from their faucet and would stop at around 5 or 6 in the morning.
To quench his thirst, a young boy gulps potable water from a locally-made water source in Poblacion, Claver town. Photo by: ROEL CATOTO

“This is an endless problem of our city. Every year we face the same problem especially during the dry season,” Tudtod commented.

On the other hand, Laurice Congreso of Espina Village, Brgy. Taft, involuntarily found herself buying water at a costly price of ten pesos for every container with a capacity of 16 liters.

Her neighbors who ventured in fetching water from as far as Sitio Bioborjan in Brgy. Rizal, approximately 8 kilometers away from the city proper, found the same tedious and energy-sapping.

In a related development, City Mayor Nitoy Matugas and Governor Sol Matugas have demanded an explanation from the management of SMWD in connection with the water shortage which rocked the city populace.

The duo said they would call the attention of SMWD so it could immediately find a solution to ease out the problem.

City residents have noticed that during every heavy downpour of rain in the city, the SMWD would usually cease in providing potable water to the consuming public because the liquid accumulated in its reservoir would turn murky which could be dangerous to human health once consumed.

SMWD General Manager Benjamin Ensomo, Jr. recently urged the public to save water at night because on that period the pressure was definitely faster due to low usage as compared to day time. (Roel Catoto)


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