Water catchment facility in Cebu continues to dry up

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2019 08:14 PM

Water catchment facility in Cebu continues to dry up 1
The Jaclupan catchment facility in Talisay City, Cebu looks like a massive vacant lot, as it continues to dry due to little rainfall in the province.


The Jaclupan catchment facility in Talisay City, Cebu is no longer lake-like, as it continues to dry with little to no water in some of its ponds. 

Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), the facility's manager, said the dwindling water supply was due to the scarce rains in Cebu and the soaring temperature.

The facility used to hold up to 33,000 cubic meters of water, but it currently only has 23,000 cubic meters. The lack of water supply already affected households in Talisay, Cebu City and parts of Mandaue City.

The current water supply in Metro Cebu is also dwindling. From its average of 233,000 cubic meters, the supply is now down to 215,000 cubic meters.

"We are now rationing water to control what we have left. Best to store water during off peak hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.," said MCWD spokesperson Charmaine Rodriguez Kara.

PAGASA Visayas said it will take about five months for the water supply in Cebu to return to normal, noting that the rainfall average was below normal last August and September. 

They said it will need more time and more rain to fill up the catchment facilities, dams, and other deep wells in Cebu. 

"We cannot catch up with what we have lost unless there is above normal rainfall,"said Engr. Al Quiblat of PAGASA Visayas.