El Nino causes water disruption in Metro Cebu
67 areas in Metro Cebu have little or no water pressure, which is needed to pump water into their homes, because of the searing El Nino. This affects the many homes as well as businesses in Cebu.
This number rose from before. Only 44 areas were affected, but now due to the continued dry spell, an additional 23 areas are in danger of having no water supply. According to the Metro Cebu Water District on Monday, as much as 20,000 cubic meters per day of volume of water is the deficit in the said areas. This was up from an earlier 19,000 cubic meter deficit per day last week.
As such, Cebu city declared a state of calamity last April 8. The entire Cebu province and Bohol followed suit on April 11. The MCWD has issued a store water advisory to residents and businesses, good for use for 24 hours. This means that residents and businesses would need to fill up water and conserve it enough to last for one day. They are advised to store water starting from 10 P.M until 5 A.M, where the water usage isn't at its peak. The said areas are in a water rotation system, because these areas are elevated or interior areas.
In a report by Rappler, the MCWD has stated that they will purchase water from other sources to make up for the deficit.
According to Pagasa, the El Nino seasn will march on until June 2016.
Task force commander and legal officer Jerone Castillo said that they were only able to reach 30% of the towns in the upland barangays. An estimated P13 million worth of crops and livestock have been damaged by the dry spell, according to a report from The Sun Star Cebu.
The private and public sector have already met to address the looming dry season.