Water shortage feared in Surigao, local water district urges Surigaonons to conserve water

Surigaonons may experience severe water problems due to the aggravating impacts of dry season. This was the warning issued by Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) Gen. Manager Benjamin Ensomo, Jr. recently.

In a press statement, Ensomo urged the water concessionaires in the city to conserve water amid the alarming level of the Parang-parang Watershed.

"Our water supply has already reached a critical level. Consumers can experience a very low water supply to no water at all. We have already tapped other creeks like the Mabini creek, Kanmahat creek and Parang-parang gamay as our alternative sources of water but still not enough for our growing consumers,” said Ensomo.

Among those severely affected include Luna to Trinidad, Acean Heights Subdivision, Mabua-Ipil-Lipata-Punta Bilar, Sabang 3, Togbongon to Mat-I, Cagniog, Capitol Area, Surigao High, Espina Village and Silay Hills.

According to Ensomo, water supply can no longer penetrate to these areas because of low water pressure. Ensomo, however said that they have started rationing water to these areas to cope with the persistently low water level during nighttime.

The 967 hectare Parang-parang Watershed, plus the three creeks and a reservoir in Ceniza Subdivision supply potable water to roughly 16,000 consumers in the city. Right now, they are considering the Surigao River as another alternative source of water.

Ensomo also cited the alarming water level of Parang-parang Watershed is partly attributed to illegal logging and small scale mining.

He then urged all affected sectors to cooperate “and help us in water conservation efforts.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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