LEGAZPI CITY – At least 822 families mostly victims of Typhoon Reming that hit the province of Albay in November 2006 will benefit from the water system facility to be built by the City Engineering Office (CEO) in Barangay Taysan.
Mayor Noel E. Rosal and other city and barangay officials led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the solar-powered water system at the Taysan Resettlement Site on Thursday.
Rosal said the PHP3.4 million project would be constructed at the adjacent portion of the Kominkan building inside the resettlement site.
“The project includes the construction of the four-meter by three-meter powerhouse including the installation of 12 solar panels with six batteries and putting of three horsepower submersible pumps,” Rosal said.
He said the CEO will supervise the civil works of the project to dig as deep as 280 feet and also to install a 260-meter long transmission pump line and five standpipes to make sure all the residents of the resettlement site and other adjacent areas would benefit from sufficient supply of potable water.
Rosal said the project materialized as officially requested by the barangay officials there in order to address the water shortage encountered by the villagers, particularly during the summer months.
Elmera Apinado, president of the Taysan Resettlement Site Community Development Association Inc. (TRSCDAI), in a separate interview, said she is very grateful to the city government for the construction of the water system facility as an additional source of drinking water to the villagers.
Apinado said the resettlement site has its own source of water but not enough for the daily consumption of every household, adding that the population in the area is continuously increasing.
“Presently, we are only depending on the existing water system and deep well constructed by TRSCDAI. But once the solar panel water system facility becomes operational surely we can have our own source of free potable water,” Apinado said. (PNA)