Rain water harvest facility proposed

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

RAIN as water utility? Why not.

This may soon be possible in Baguio City as Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently announced a rainwater harvesting facility was included in the list of proposed priority projects he submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

If approved as a priority project, the city government will have to conduct a pilot test.


He added the identified place for pilot testing will be at the Convention Center's parking lot where a man-made reservoir will be made.

Domogan said with the frequent rainfall, significant amount of water can be accumulated. However, with the absence of a rain basin or any harvesting facility, this water turns into waste as it just flows into bodies of water.

"Why can we not come out with how to make use of this rainfall?" he asked.

He concluded it may even be the solution to the threats in the water supply of the city adding neighboring provinces may also benefit from it or adopt the rainwater harvesting system.

The city mayor hopes it will be approved as a priority project so the DBM may allocate fund for it and the city conduct a pilot test.

He even shared he will seek for the possible proposal and approval of an ordinance allowing residential houses to also have their own harvesting facilities.

Meanwhile, John Hay Management Corporation is also planning to conduct a pilot test at Bell House to test the efficiency and effectivity of a rainwater harvesting system.

JHMC environment management officer Editha Mejia said although they already have an initial study last year, they still have to test if rain water in Baguio City is efficient for utility use. She noted though that there is opposition to the use of rain water for households.

She said it is necessary to have a pilot test so they will know how to use the rainwater and what materials should be used in creating a rainwater harvesting facility.

The crater of Mt. Kabuyao in Sto. Tomas is currently being used as a rain basin by the Baguio Water District.

A rain basin or a rainwater harvesting facility has the capability to accumulate water either through a reservoir or a tank.

The harvested water can be used for household use such as cleaning, laundry and even bathing.

To use it as potable water, it has to be undergo a treatment process to make residues in the water subside.

The use of rainwater has been proven to reduce financial expenses for fresh water supply.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 30, 2014.

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