BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia is eyeing bulk water supply as one of the long term solutions to counter the looming water supply in the country for the next 10 years.
“This is water sourced from the surface or above ground instead of using groundwater supply just like what they do at the FAB (Freeport Area of Bataan),” Governor Garcia told 1Bataan.com.
At the FAB, a 2.4 billion-gallon capacity dam is being utilized by the Freeport, complemented by water treatment plant that is capable of delivering 14 million gallons of water every day.
Garcia added that the proposed project is coined due to the reported depleting groundwater supply not just in the province but in other provinces as well.
The project will be under the PPP (public-private partnership) scheme to provide treated bulk water to the various water districts of Bataan to help meet the increasing water (and future) demand of its consumers, expand its current service area coverage and increase the households served.
In the province of Bulacan, the country’s first bulk water project under the PPP scheme started last year benefiting an estimated 3.4 million people of Bulacan as the residents do not have to rely solely on ground water for their water supply.