THE DAGUPAN City Water District (DCWD) is embarking on an expansion project that will deliver supply to island villages and improve the water pressure in such areas as Lucao and Tapuac. “This project aims to address the needs of our constituents and concessionaires that have low water pressure or have no service lines,” Rizaldy T. Mandap, manager of DCWD’s Construction and Maintenance Division, said in a statement released by the city government. The first phase of the project, with an estimated cost of P60 million, will involve the laying of a steel pipe bridge crossing and transmission mains that will be interconnected to the water district’s existing 250 transmission mains. For the second phase, to be funded through a loan from the Local Water Utilities Administration, covers the construction of a fiberglass-type ground reservoir in Sitio Maligaya of Bonuan Gueset, which will be filled by six pumping stations in Bonuan. Mr. Mandap said with the expansion project, DCWD hopes to reach 90% of its coverage in the city. DCWD Chairman Liberato C. Reyna, Jr. said the expansion will cater to the needs of the city’s three growth centers identified under the city’s Comprehensive Land-Use Plan.