With Baguio City residents continuing to conserve water, Mayor Benjamin Magalong has allocated a P90 million budget to construct a rain water harvesting facility in the Camp 8 watershed on Kennon Road.
He informed the city government department heads that the budget was committed to be released by Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado to address the water shortage in the city as summer temperatures rise until the end of May.
The mayor said that the Camp 8 water harvesting facility will serve as an additional water containment area to hold rainwater for future use, considering the lack of existing water sources aggravated by illegal deep wells operating in different parts of the city.
There are water harvesting facilities in Mt. Sto. Tomas as well as the Busol watershed but this new project would be another source of water reserve to cope with the city shortage.
The watershed in Busol is also not operational after it was damaged by Typhoon Ompong in 2018. Restoration is needed and the money must be taken from the calamity funds.
In the next three months, the city will encounter a difficult situation in terms of water supply due to the scarcity of water among existing sources
The local government advises the residents to cooperate with the implementation of water use and conservation initiatives, Magalong said.
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