Kabuyao inspected anew-A A +A
Sunday, June 8, 2014
THE Baguio Water District (BWD) said its Amliang water source is useless and cannot be restored yet.
This developed after the BWD concluded its inspection in Mt. Kabuyao last Friday to see further effects on water resources of massive land development in an alleged property of Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr., particularly the road construction.
Jeden Ganipis, non-revenue water management design supervisor, said erosion and boulders did not only cause turbidity of water but these have completely covered Springs 2B and 3 in Amliang.
During the rainy afternoon inspection, it was observed that even slight rain causes mudflow in the streams, which used to be little canals where water flows down to the springs of BWD.
Ganipis said Springs 2B and 3 cannot be utilized and restored for the meantime because mud may enter the pipe lines leading to the water reservoir in Km 8. Water from these sources have also been rendered as unfit for human consumption.
"We are losing about 3.2 million a month from those sources," he said.
To further protect the lines connected to the Km 8 reservoir, the BWD had to plug them instead of cutting and cleaning the pipes one by one.
Ganipis shared the erosion, landslides and boulders are now threatening even Stage 1 Dam 3 in Camp 6, Tuba, Benguet where turbidity of water was first observed.
Putting up pipelines leading to Stage 1 Dam 3 in the network of streams along the Stage 1 stream in Mt. Kabuyao which is a tributary of Bued River may help address the issue, Ganipis said. However, he is certain it will cost the BWD a lot.
"Pag sinabi kasi nating pipelines at tsaka kilometers ang stretch niya, mas malaking gastos. We're talking about millions here," he said, adding the power cost of pumping the water to the Km 8 reservoir is P5,000 per hour.
Ganipis said the team will recommend to the Water Quality and Water Planning Design office of the BWD to re-evaluate and make suggestions on what could be done to the Amliang water sources, including Spring 1.
Documentary evidence in the inspection will also be forwarded to their Legal Office for further review.
Aside from the tracking of one ravine to the Springs 2B and 3, new landslides and the two backhoes in the nearby areas of the road construction were noted during the inspection.
Aliping recently came under fire after it was alleged the property being developed is his.
In a letter dated May 27, Tuba Mayor Florencio Bentrez told Aliping: “This refers to the ongoing earthmoving activities within your property located at Mt. Sto. Tomas, Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet Province.”
“Reports have reached this office on the damages cause [sic] by the ongoing activities, may I therefore enjoined [sic] the Honorable Congressman to immediately STOP, temporarily, the aforementioned activities until such time that all requirements and mitigating measures are properly implemented.”
In his May 21 reply, Aliping wrote: “Please understand that the ongoing excavation is situated at a higher elevation thus, there is a tendency of the soil to go down. At any rate, rest assured that the undersigned will see to it that the damage will be minimized if not avoided.”
Since then, Aliping opted not to give further statements pending the investigation of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera on the property.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 09, 2014.