THE DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) has completed the rehabilitation and expansion of its distribution network in preparation for the bulk supply project that is expected to be online before yearend.

DCWD Spokesperson Jovana Cresta T. Duhaylungsod said they have finished construction for storage facilities and ground reservoir as well as 108 kilometers of newly-laid pipelines.

“These are on top of the existing storage facilities and pipelines that will be used for the bulk water project,” Ms. Duhaylungsod told Businessworld via text message.

She added that DCWD is working closely with its project partner, Aboitiz-controled Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc., (AAII), for preparations pertaining to the commissioning of the bulk water supply facility.

“We are already ready to start accepting and distributing water to the customers,” Ms. Duhaylungsod said.

DCWD is also carrying out further expansion work, with another 65 kilometers of pipelines being laid out to serve more customers.

In April this year, AAII operations head Shake A. Tuason said they are aiming to start operating the bulk supply facility by the end of the year. The original launch date of mid-2021 was delayed by coronavirus-related restrictions.

AAII, a joint venture between Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and JV Angeles Construction Corp., will provide the water district 300 million liters of water per day sourced from the Tamugan River. — Maya M. Padillo