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Moalboal water system needs expansion

| by: Stanley Cin

Moalboal town’s local water district needs to undertake expansion projects this year, to meet the demand brought about by its fast growing tourism industry.

Moalboal Water District Manager Nolan Tapales said they needed to tap additional water sources as their clients are drastically increasing every year.

In a meeting with Gov. Hilario P. Davide III on Wednesday, January 22, Tapales said they anticipate an increase in water demand following the construction of Gaisano mall.

Moalboal also hosts several dive shops and resorts owing to its niche as one of the prime dive spots in the country. Hence, most of their customers are foreigners, who own these said facilities.

“Lisud ra ba ning foreigners atong serbisyohan kay gusto nila naa dayun, unya gobyerno ra ba gyud ang atakihon,” he said.

Currently, their water system serves more than 3,000 households in 10 of the 15 barangays in the town. The expansion plan is estimated to cost P200 thousand with five deep wells identified as the new water sources. It projected to serve another 700 households.

However, with the present set up, the water system can serve up to 24 hours only the clients along the main lines. Tapales said they are having difficulty to provide 24-hour services to the peripheral areas because of conduction problem.

Fortunately, the water district is self-sufficient. It earns P1.3 million per month. Tapales said there’s no need to apply for a loan for their expansion project.

Moalboal’s water district is under the Local Water Utilities Administration of the national government. But because of an epidemic that hit the town few years ago, the Capitol and the municipal government had jointly taken over its administration by virtue of police power. Xerxes Alkuino