Monday, June 15, 2009

Bacolod Running Out of Water by 2025

Japanese International Cooperating Agency (JICA) has found that Bacolod is one of the seven cities in the country that has critical ground water supply. JICA is an independent body of the Japanese government chartered to assisting developing countries through economic and social aid and the promotion of international cooperation.

JICA said by year 2025, the ground water supply of Bacolod will deteriorate due to over- extraction and deep well drilling, along with the biggest threat, which is salt water intrusion.

Bacolod City Water (BACIWA) District has also confirmed this by announcing during its public forum meeting for proposed water rates increase. In the meeting, they stated that the underground water source is already depleted.

Last year, in April 2008, BACIWA general manager Julie Ann Carbon explained to Sun Star that “the path out of poverty begins with clean water and sanitation.” With the prospect that Bacolod may no longer be able to provide water for its inhabitants, and may cost more to import it from nearby provinces, the growth and stability of Bacolod is in question if no immediate action is taken by the city administration. But will it take an election for someone to notice?

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