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COWD assures consumers of upgraded services



MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)--The Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD), while celebrating its 50th anniversary, assures its customers that facilities are being upgraded to address the communities' water supply concerns. Established on August 1, 1973, the COWD became the first water district in the country through the issuance of Conditional Certificate Conformance (CCC) No. 001 by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) last January 4, 1974. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, COWD confirmed that its existing pipelines are also old, thus causing some problems in supplying water to its customers in various areas. “Since we are celebrating 50 years of service, it follows also nga ang atong mga pipe medyo karaan na (that our pipelines are old) which need rehabilitation so mao na ato gi-una (that is what we prioritized). Although we cannot rehabilitate the entire system, we are doing it phase by phase,” COWD OIC Assistant General Manager for Technical Services Engr. Edna Najeal shared. Aside from the pipeline rehabilitation, the COWD is also conducting pipeline extension and well-drilling projects to serve better those areas that lack water supply. Acknowledging that the water supply is not sufficient to supply the growing population of Cagayan de Oro City, a treatment facility is being considered to be constructed to address the insufficient water supply. “Naa pud tay gitan-aw na (We are also looking at) the possibility of having our own facility treatment plant, which will address the water demand. Naa tay gitan-aw ana sa mga (We are looking at the) areas like Kauswagan, Gusa, Lapasan, and Patag,” COWD General Manager Antonio Young shared. Meanwhile, a significant decrease in non-revenue water was recorded by the COWD from fifty-five percent in January 2022 to fifty percent by the year and forty-seven percent as of June 2023. The decrease was due to the agency's successful implementation and ongoing lined program and projects, such as pipe replacement, meter replacement, and illegal connection campaign. With the ongoing programs and projects, the COWD calls for consumers' understanding as the agency tries to provide the services they deserve through the lined-up programs and projects. COWD also assured the consumers that they still stay true to their commitment and mission of providing excellent water service to the community they serve. (JAKA/PIA10)

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