Desalination seen as solution to Puerto Princesa water woes

Chinee Palatino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 04 2017 09:06 PM

A desalination facility in Barangay Bancao-Bancao is seen to be operational by the end of May. ABS-CBN News

PUERTO PRINCESA – The local government now sees desalination or the removal of minerals from salt water, as the solution to the city’s water woes, as it faces a water shortage due to the dry season.

According to the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD), 80 percent of Puerto Princesa’s supply comes from surface water, while 20 percent is from ground water. The dry season causes the river to dry up, resulting to low water level in Campo Uno Dam, the city’s main surface water source.

On May 2, PPCWD recorded the lowest flow rate in the city for 2017. From the normal flow rate of 750 cubic meters per hour, it dropped to 222 cubic meters per hour with a pressure of 6.41 pounds per square inch (PSI), short of the minimum distribution system pressure of 10 PSI.

The PPCWD said the desalination equipment installed in Barangay Bancao-Bancao may be operational before the end of the month.

"Kapag magagamit na natin itong desalination equipment, magiging 10 liters per second po ang puwede niyang ibigay. So magdadagdag ito ng 100 percent na production capacity, which is napakalaking bagay po," said PPCWD spokesperson Jeovanne Sacedon.

Deep wells located in different areas around the city also augment the city’s water supply.