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Water Supply in Baguio City Under Strain Due to El Niño

Baguio City, known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, is facing a severe water shortage due to the prolonged effects of El Niño. The city’s water distribution has been disrupted, affecting residents and businesses alike.

The Baguio Water District (BWD) has been closely monitoring the situation as the dry season progresses. Despite being only halfway through the usual course of the dry season, water sources are already strained. Limited rainfall in the last quarter of 2023 has hindered the full recovery of water resources, posing a significant threat to the city’s water supply during peak demand periods.

The filling of water in BWD’s reservoirs and holding tanks has slowed down, leading to delays in water distribution, especially in areas already facing water challenges. In response, the BWD has implemented contingency measures to mitigate the effects of El Niño. These measures include commissioning new deep wells and ongoing exploration projects to find alternative water sources.

Collaborating with the City Government of Baguio and other concerned offices, the BWD is actively promoting water conservation among residents and visitors. Simple actions such as taking shorter showers, using cups when brushing teeth, and running washing machines with full loads can make a difference in conserving water.

Despite the challenges, the BWD urges consumers to remain patient and understanding. They encourage the public to communicate any concerns about water supply through appropriate channels to ensure a timely resolution. With concerted efforts and responsible water usage, Baguio City can weather the effects of El Niño and ensure a sustainable water supply for its residents. | Christine Louise P. Sumbillo

 

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