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June 30, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 230 views

A lawmaker has cited other technology and ways that the government can consider to at least lessen the impact of water crisis.

According to Manila Representative Rolando Valeriano, the water crisis should not be experienced yearly especially once the El Nino phenomenon is declared by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

He proposed to the national government to open water concession to other business companies or wealthy individuals who are interested in developing water supply.

“Dalawa lang kasi sila sa ngayon: ang Razon-Ayala’s Manila Water and the Pangilinan’s Maynilad. Binansagang duopoly. Sa iba pang mahihikayat na concessionaires, they, too, can get the supply from our bodies of water for free but they must invest in better water clean-up and distribution technology,” Valeriano said.

As our government lacks the fund to launch such an extensive operation, our water concession may have to expand by way of having more private players in the water industry, he added.

Also, the solon said the government should learn the technology of Singapore to which they have at least four sources of water supply namely: importation, rainwater catchment; desilted rivers and recycled used water from households.

“Sterling clean water is produced out of these which they call “reclaimed water”. Every drop of water counts in Singapore. Familes are even given incentives for how much water they save each billing cycle. They use smart meters to measure their usage, savings, or leaks,” he added.

According to PAGASA, the forthcoming El Niño is certain, stronger, and will stay until the first quarter of next year and may recur in its 2nd semester. Thus, the cycle of longer and worse dry season.

Valeriano expressed disappointment over the news of water crisis and interruptions when the Philippines is an archipelagic country that is too lucky for being surrounded with large bodies of water.

“Nakakalumo isipin. Bahagi ng sakripisyo ng kababayan natin ang makabayad ng sapat para sa tubig. Pero bahagi ng pagkahikahos nila ang kawalan ng stable water supply. Lalo na sa maliliit na negosyo na bumabangon pa lang mula sa pandemya,’ he said.

Let us remember that it is a UN Declaration that access to sanitation and clean water is a basic human right.

Valeriano shared that last week, in an official visit, he was among who toured the facilities of Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB), the counterpart of MWSS in the Philippines.

“ Nuong 1960s, pinangarap ni Lee Kuan Yew ang “water independence” mula sa Malaysia. Dahil nga naman magtampo lang ito, it can switch off the supply of water na dumadaloy sa malalaking tunnel mula Johor patungong Singapore,” he said.

“Malalalim ang pagtatanim nila ng mga tunnel at gumagamit sila ng double walling kung saan ang inner tube ay pwedeng hilahin lang at i-repair o palitan without causing any disturbance on road surface. Tahimik lahat nangyayari. Underground lahat. Hindi istorbo sa trapik o pedestrian. They use cameras in tunnels and water leak detectors,” he also said.

He also said “They have advanced through the talents of even foreign engineers and scientists whom they invite to their annual innovation exhibition right in Singapore. Their goal from water independence”s now “water security.”