HINUNANGAN, Southern Leyte – Problem on low supply of water being experienced by the concessionaires of this town is now a thing of the past.
This after the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) funded the construction of a level III water system project amounting to P22 million for the town.
And this bit of good news was welcome by Dannieca Piga, who said that just like the more than 3,550 water members of the town, they have been complaining on the poor services being rendered by the local government run-water district office.
According to the 28-year old housewife, they have to wait for hours for their taps to have water which they uses for their daily needs.
“Problem on water is experienced during morning which is at its peak because many are using it for bathing,” Piga said.
Her family uses at least two pails of water for each person who takes a bath, this aside from cooking, laundry and other chores.
“We don’t mind if there will be an increase on water rate for as long as the water supply is enough and efficient,” Piga added.
With only one water system operating serving 3,552 water concessionaire, supply of water in this municipality, particularly within its town center, is not enough, as constructing an additional water system will be costly for the local government to build, Mayor Reynaldo Fernandez said.
Thus, they were grateful that the DILG provided them the needed funds to build another water system, the town mayor added.
The existing water supply coming from Magatas Spring would no longer be sufficient to supply the growing population of the town.
The Hinunangan Water District is expecting that an additional 1,000 households will benefit from this new water supply.
Mayor Fernandez said that supply of safe and potable water is one of the main problems of all local government units like Hinunangan.
“Without our government assisting disadvantage municipalities, this kind of high-impact project is unachievable for local government units with problem on funding.In most cases we will resort to loan but with this assistance, we are able to implement it because the national government provided us the funds,” Fernandez said.
The DILG provided P22 million fund for the construction of the new water system which involved the construction of the water plant facility equipped with modern filtration processing, construction of big tank with five cells for sanitizing the raw water from the source, development at the water source area and the pipelines, among other materials needed.