BAGUIO CITY - The Baguio Water District (BWD), the sole water distribution utility here, has said at least 1,600 active water connections in barangays Fairview and Quezon Hill were damaged by the ongoing road repairs in the north-northwest part of the city.
In a press release sent to the media on Friday, BWD general manager, engineer Salvador Royeca assured that their personnel has begun repairing the damaged pipelines along Sofia de Veyra Street in Quezon Hill, which is near a BWD water pumping station.
He, however, said, "unscheduled water service interruptions are expected to recur in (the) areas of Quezon Hill and Fairview, following the incessant and untoward damage to the District's main distribution lines early this week."
The areas with the affected water lines are Middle and Upper Quezon Hill (Chrome, Gold, Tin, Iron, Paraan, Abellera, Zarate, Paredes, Carantes, Arvizu, Ortega, and Delos Santos); Victoria Village, Parts of Tacay-Quezon Hill (Silver, Orchid, Camia, Copper, Sunnyside Fairview), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Road Quezon Hill, Lamug, Ponce St., Upper, and Central Fairview, Golden Shower, and Lower Fairview.
"The low water pressure to limited to no water will be experienced during their water distribution schedules," Royeca added.
The BWD is also monitoring other ongoing road rehabilitation works, such as those along Baguio's major roads where most of the District's pipelines are located.
Water quality is also a problem in some areas due to the entry of soil, sediments, and other debris into the damaged pipelines before and during their repair, resulting in turbid or dirty water supply.
"The District assures the public, however, that the water passes through adequate treatment before distribution to the public," he said.
The main pipeline along Sofia de Veyra Street was reported to have been damaged on May 17.
More damaged main lines were reported the following day due to road excavations, the information given to the media showed.
Royeca encouraged the public to immediately report water quality concerns to any of BWD's 24/7 hotline numbers for action and monitoring.
He advised BWD consumers in the affected areas to avail of their water delivery services if water supply remains to be limited, by contacting (074) 442-3218, (074) 442-4929, 0908-865-1504, 0917-679-4929, 0922-840-9765 or sending a message through Facebook messenger at BWD_Customer Relations or email email@example.com. (PNA)