9,000 residents benefit from water expansion project in NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/19 Nov) – More than 9,000 residents from the northern portion of this city and nearby Matalam town in North Cotabato will no longer worry of lack of water supply, especially during peak hours, after the construction of the more than P5-million water storage tank was completed early this month.

The concrete ground reservoir has a capacity to store 600,000 liters of water, enough to supply the more than 1,500 service connections from Barangay Amas, this city, and Matalam town, according to Stella Marie Gonzales-Anima, general manager of the Metro Kidapawan Water District (MKWD).

The ground reservoir was part of the System Improvement and Expansion Project (SIEP) of the MKWD, funded by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) through a loan.

Early last year, the LWUA granted the MKWD a loan amounting to P252 million.

To date, some P102 million was already released by the LWUA, according to MKWD assistant general manager Engr. Sandy Alqueza.

One of the ongoing water expansion projects of the MKWD, which was early January this year, is the construction of the state-of-the-art transmission line project, which amounted to P41.169 million, and the Lapaan Phase 4 intake modification project, which costs P16.71 million.

This project, according to Alqueza, will increase current water production by 40 percent.

In nearby Makilala, a hinterland town in North Cotabato, the ongoing water expansion project in Barangay Patulangon is expected to serve more than 1,750 service connections.

Data showed that MKWD has already accomplished some P15.45 million worth of system improvement projects that resulted to additional 2,344 service connections for Kidapawan City and Makilala.

LWUA chairman Prospero Pichay said that with more than 22,300 service connections, the MKWD is already considered one of the biggest water districts in the country.

Water sources of MKWD include the Lapaan dam and Pinang Inaman spring in Barangay Perez, this city; Puwagan spring in Barangay Batasan, Makilala; and Magpet spring in Barangay Bongalanon, Magpet. All these are located at the foot of Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak, making the drinking water produced by the water district the safest and cleanest water in the country, claimed Alqueza.

On Nov. 19, Pichay led the cutting of ribbon and ceremonial opening of the valve of the 600-cubic meter concrete ground reservoir for the Matalam water system located along the highway in Barangay Amas, this city. It was witnessed by Cotabato Governor Lala Mendoza, Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco (2nd Dist.), and City Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)