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Monday, September 22, 2008

Subic Water earns flak from dads


OLONGAPO CITY- The local water distributor here is facing mounting criticisms for alleged unnecessary road diggings and discharging chemical wastes in the city’s drainage canals and rivers.

The Kapisanan ng Aktibong Mamamayan ng Olongapo (KAMAO) put the Subic Water Sewerage Company Inc. (SWSCI) to task for the diggings in the city’s main avenue which are causing inconvenience to commuters and pedestrians.

According to KAMAO president Ferdinand Delos Santos, the water utility firm should give priority to expanding its coverage to areas in Olongapo which until now do not enjoy water service instead of digging for pipes that do not need upgrading.

He cited Subic Water’s agreement with the city government wherein the former pledged to expand its service coverage to highland barangays.

“It’s been 11 years since Subic Water took over the water supply from Olongapo Water District yet the promised expansion has not happened. Olongapo is a highly urbanized city yet it is ironic that it has areas which do not have water connection. To think that the water utility firm always cites expansion projects,” Delos Santos said.

Delos Santos warned that his group and other socio-civic organizations in the city will oppose any future plan by SWSCI to increase its water rates unless the concerns of local consumers are addressed.

Meanwhile, the City Council took the SWSCI to task over alleged unabated dumping of “chemical sludge” into the city’s rivers as it seeks a reevaluation of the water company’s Environmental Compliance Certificate issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In a resolution, the councilors also asked the National Water Resources Board “to direct SWSCI to implement applicable measures to arrest the growing environmental and health hazards.”

This, after residents of barangays Sta. Rita and Gordon Heights complained of “unbearable noise” coming from the SWSCI pumping station as well as the “obnoxious fumes from the mental Management Bureau has likewise found that Subic Water is operating without a Discharge Permit.

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