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city to pursue rainwater harvest facilities

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will pursue the establishment of rainwater harvesting facilities to address the city’s problem on dwindling water supply.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan last Monday said that apart from the pioneering underground water catch basin project being planned at the Baguio Convention Center grounds, the city will also look into the improvement of the existing catchment basin at the Quezon Hill-San Carlos Heights area which proved ineffective in impounding water due to rapid evaporation rate.
The mayor said city will look into possible remedies to improve the water retention capability of the reservoir which was constructed during the time of former President Fidel Ramos
The mayor said the city will also work on the mandatory establishment of rainwater catchment facilities in available spaces in barangays, schools and other establishments.
He asked Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda who proposed a resolution on said concern to convert her proposal into an ordinance to put more teeth to the measure.
In her proposal, Tabanda wants the Baguio Water District (BWD), City Environment Parks and Management Office (CEPMO) and City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) to encourage other institutions and barangays to “devise ways to do simple rainwater harvesting to minimize dependence on commercial water supply and to maximize the use of rainwater made available by nature.”
Councilor Erdolfo Balajadia suggested the creation of a task force to also promote the establishment of simple catchment facilities among households based on an approved prototype of the gadget.
The mayor said he will issue an administrative order to set everything into motion.
City public information officer Ramon Dacawi, for his part, brought out the need to maintain open spaces to allow rainwater to seep into the grounds and enhance the natural underground water production cycle.
He suggested that the city impose a condition for subdivision developers and business establishments to minimize surface sealing or cementing in favor of maintaining more open grounds.
The mayor directed the city planning office to look into the legal ramifications of imposing said condition among developers for possible consideration in the on-going drafting of the City Land Use Plan (CLUP) and amendment of the city’s zoning ordinance. – A Refuerzo

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