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No water rate increase in 2024: MDW

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MDW Chief Operating Officer David Berba has assured water consumers in Metro Dumaguete of no rate increase next year.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, Berba said the company does not foresee the need to apply for a tariff increase in 2024, as this will be dependent on the capital infusion that would  be made by both Metro Pacific Water and the Dumaguete City Water District.

Both the MPW and DCWD are co-owners of MDW, having forged a partnership in 2019 for MDW to take over the Water District in the day-to-day operations for the water facilities in Dumaguete.

The MDW began operating in February 2021.

Under the present set-up, the DCWD has taken the role of regulator of MDW, to check if it is compliant with the terms of the Joint Venture Agreement.

“When we apply for a tariff increase, the application will pass through DCWD, who will forward the application to the Local Water Utilities Administration,” Berba explained.

He also explained that the MDW is continuing the many leak repairs throughout its coverage area.

He said leak repairs are continuous because the water pipes are old and brittle. “Once the pressure increases, the pipes tend to leak or burst,” he said.

In 2021, the MDW repaired 2,000 leaks, which rose to 4,000 in 2022.  This year, the MDW has since repaired a total of 7,000 water leaks.

Berba also said that more Dumagueteños now have water connections, with 93 percent of the number of households served throughout the City’s 30 barangays.

Based on historical water connections, MDW adds around 60 to 70 new water connections a month, which will help address the water needs of the remaining sevent percent of the population.

“But there will still be pockets that will be temporarily without water, especially in new subdivisions, where new transmission pipes have yet to be installed,” he said.

Also contributing to the supply deficit is the continuing population growth.

The population of Dumaguete grew by 1.5 percent in 2015, based on data that year.

Meanwhile, Berba announced that MDW will energize two new pumping stations in barangay Cadawinonan during the first quarter of next year.

This will add to the water supply, and increase water pressure in several barangays.

He also informed the water consumers that the MDW and the DCWD have trained several barangay plumbers to focus on the private concerns of consumers, especially the after-the-meter leaks.

“Consumers with after-the-meter leaks, or leaks inside the household, can coordinate with their barangay who will assign a plumber,” he said.

Berba also assured that pump operators are on duty 24/7 to provide continuous service to water consumers.

MDW offices will be closed for the holidays. (MP)

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Photo Caption: Metro Dumaguete Chief Operating Officer David Berba talks to reporters during their annual year-end gathering with the Dumaguete media. (Photo by Alex Pal)

 

 

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