Portable water purifying systems deployed to Negros Oriental for earthquake victims

February 16, 2012 9:37 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 16 – Top officials of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) have arrived in Negros Oriental to conduct an assessment on the extent of the damage to various water districts in areas badly hit by the Feb. 6 magnitude 6.9 earthquake.

LWUA chairman Rene Villa and LWUA Administrator Ed Santos were met Monday afternoon by general managers and representatives of various water districts in the province, led by Esperato Dicen, the general manager of the Dumaguete City Water District.

According to LWUA chairman Rene Villa, they are not just relying on the news on the reported destruction of various water districts in quake-hit areas but have to make a personal assessment as basis for their immediate action to restore water supply in these areas.

Villa said his office has received reports that Ayungon and La Libertad towns and Guihulngan City have no access to potable drinking water.

Despite Guihulngan and La Libertad not having water districts under LWUA, the agency has sent a mobile water purifying system and two other portable water treatment systems to the north.

Two more portable water treatment plants from Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City are also set to be deployed to quake-stricken areas in the northern part of Negros Oriental.

Villa lauded DWCD general manager Esperato Dicen, president of the Negros Oriental Association of Water Districts, for leading other members in responding to the call for potable water supply in these badly affected areas. (PNA) FFC/JFP

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