BACIWA Bulk Water Project Breaks Ground

December 20, 2016
By Edith Colmo

The P1.1 billion bulk water supply project of the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI) and Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) now looks promising, with start of the construction of its facility at the Javelona property in Abada-Escay Road in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City.

BULK WATER SUPPLY. At yesterday’s groundbreaking rites of the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc. (BBWI) treatment plant the Javelona property at Abada-Escay Road in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City, led by BACIWA GM Engr. Mario Macatangay, BACIWA Board chair Atty. Maida Torre, and BBWI chair/COO Ryan T. Yap, (center) with partner engineers.* (Joy Canonero, BACIWA photo)

The groundbreaking ceremony yesterday was attended by BACIWA, BBWI and Brgy. Granada officials.

Ryan Yap, chairman/COO of BBWI, said they expect to deliver water to BACIWA starting October 2017.

This is Phase 1 of the injection points 1 and 2 that covers the water treatment facility with initial capacity of 30,000 cubic meters of water per day, escalating to 150,000 cubic meters a day through the 20-kilometer long water supply pipeline directly connected to the reservoirs of BACIWA located at Brgy. Granada and Brgy. Mansilingan. This makes a total of 6,000,000 cubic meters of water per year which will be utilized by BBWI from surface water sources.

BBWI has already complied with the documentary requirements of the government including the DENR, barangay and SP resolutions, according to Yap.

He also assured that the residents around the facility will not be affected because BWWI will be using surface water.

This project will address the increasing demand of water in Bacolod City, providing immediate access to quality and affordable water for healthier environment improving sanitation and hygiene conditions.

The treatment facility for injection point 2 is located at Murcia, Negros Occidental, according to Yap.

While BACIWA GM Mario Macatangay said they will buy water from BWWI at P8.85 per cubic meter from injection points 1 and 2 water.

This project will address the shortage of water supply of BACIWA. Presently, Maca-tangay said, BACIWA is short of 15 liters of water per day. The reason why water supply is only available to the concessionaires 4 to 6 hours a day. But with the bulk water project, there will be 24/7 water supply.

BACIWA did not shell out a single centavo for this project. After seven years, BBWI will turn over to BACIWA the treatment facilities it constructed.

Board Pres. Atty. Maida Torre said the bulk water project is one of her legacies as president of the District for 2 years and 14 years as director. She also said, she considers her time spent with BACIWA a fruitful one.

She hopes that this project will be successful up to 25 years or beyond, with not only quantity but quality water supply.*