BCWD ADVISORY ILLEGAL DISCONNECTION OF SERVICE LINES TO GET WATER FOR DOMESTIC USE AFFECTS WATER SERVICE OF BCWD (as of 12/19/2021 3:00PM)

The Butuan City Water District’s (BCWD) operation has been greatly affected by Severe Tropical Storm Odette as the facilities of its bulk water supplier – the Taguibo Aquatech Solutions Corporation (TASC) at Sitio Iyao, Barangay Anticala has been severely damaged during the said typhoon.

Since December 17, 2021, BCWD has only been operating its four (4) pump stations to provide water supply to its entire service area. The four (4) pump stations are not enough to cater to the demand of its concessionaires as it can only provide at least 15% of the required water production. However, this 15% water production can already serve some barangays under its coverage area thereby minimizing the affected barangays without water.

By December 18, 2021, BCWD has observed that several concessionaires have started illegally disconnecting its water service lines from the water meter to be able to store water for domestic use. This action has caused the water situation to worsen with the water pressure in BCWD’s service lines lowering down thus depriving other concessionaires from having water supply in their faucets especially those near the water connection that was illegally disconnected.

Several BCWD personnel are already roving around the service area of BCWD to repair/rehabilitate the illegally disconnected service lines to be able to improve water pressure along the lines. However, there are some concessionaires who are reacting violently to the BCWD personnel conducting the rehabilitation of the service lines that were illegally disconnected.

BCWD is asking everyone’s cooperation by refraining from disconnecting service lines to improve water pressure so that other concessionaires will be able to have water in their faucets. BCWD have also been recording the service lines that were illegally disconnected so that legal actions can be taken.

Let us all work together so that we can overcome this crisis and normal water supply can be restored soon.

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Last Update: December 20, 2021