Photo Caption: The pre-fabrication of water pipes at the BWD Old Lucban deepwell and excavation along Lower Magsaysay
Avenue, Baguio City


In line with the Baguio Water District’s program to provide equitable water supply, the District completed the pipeline interconnection project at the Old Lucban deepwell on April 06, 2023. The project which was initiated earlier on April 04, 2023, aims to augment the reduced water yield of the BWD Buyog and Pinsao-2 deepwells. Through the said project, problem areas including parts
of Pinget, Pinsao, Fairview, Magsaysay, Quirino Hill, and Tam-awan are expected to have better water supply during water diversion schedules.

Primarily, water will be sourced from the BWD Malvar deepwell and will be conveyed to augment the Old Lucban deepwell. Earlier this year, BWD has been closely monitoring the gradual reduction of water produced by the water sources at Buyog deepwell and spring and Pinsao-2 deepwell. As of
date, the yield reduction of the two water sources had affected the normal water supply of the areas to which these are diverted. Through the interconnection project, BWD targets to sustain the
equitable distribution of available water supply in the North-North-Eastern side of Baguio City.

In addition, the District already activated its contingency measure to augment the water supply at the BWD Sanggalang Tank by means of the BWD water delivery trucks. During normal operations, the Sanggalang tank fills up an average of 4 to 6.6 meters of water level however, was temporarily
affected due to the yield reduction of Easter, Tam-awan, and Pinsao deepwells. Meanwhile, BWD has advised the general public to continue observing water conservation practices as water supply in various supply areas is affected by the seasonal decline in water supply experienced during the dry season and will be further affected by the anticipated El Niño phenomenon as announced by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) earlier this year.

An artificial increase in water demand is currently experienced due to the influx of tourists, returning residents, and transients. Nevertheless, the BWD announced that it is exerting its best efforts to minimize these effects and is doing all it can to serve its constituents with water, through the conduct of several water supply improvement and expansion projects. BWD customers are
advised to install water storage facilities such as tanks, drums, or other containers with a 3- day backup water supply as the district implements a water rationing system.

Further, the installation of a sump tank and boosters in order to pump water to their elevated water storage facilities is highly encouraged as this comes as part of the standard water system set-up specially in highly elevated residences. Commercial establishments on the other hand are likewise advised to apply for additional or enlargement of their current tapping should their daily water demand increase.

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