BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio Water District (BWD) has complied with a city resolution penned in 2013 as to periodic inspection, detection of illegal connections and destroyed water lines, and installation of new water pipelines.

This was the report by the legislative monitoring and evaluation group of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Accordingly, BWD Manager Engr. Salvador Royeca submitted information as to periodic instructions, detection of illegal connections and damaged waterlines since 2013 up to March 31, 2021. Illegal connections plugged and apprehended yearly are 38, 104, 69 161, 78, 98, 93, 56 and 16 with corresponding repaired leaking pipes per year with an average of more than 6,000 annually except for 2018 with 7,071; 2019 with 6,024; 2020 with 5,243 and for the first quarter of 2021, 1,466 leaking pipes repaired.

Engr. Royeca also reported that in 2013, water system rehabilitation projects funded by the AusAid and abandoned old lines at areas 1 and 2 were activated. From 2014 up to the first quarter of 2021, pipes of varying sizes and lengths were repaired.

For selected barangays under Area 3, improvement/replaces of deteriorated pipelines for the Tourism Water (TouWa) project was recently completed, he added.

Aged and dilapilated water pipelines are replaced to ensure quality and integrity, as well as to reduce water wastage. Periodicand continuous inspection shall be done to locate and eliminate illegal connections, and replace damaged waterlines as well, Royeca ended.

The SP local legislative staff with Secretary to the SP Atty. Brenner Bengwayan regularly conducts status reports and monitoring and evaluation to ascertain compliance or non-compliance to ordinances and resolutions. –juliegfianza