The Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. (COBI), the city’s new bulk water supplier, held its ground breaking ceremony today of its new water pipeline located at Tipolohon Junction in Barangay Camaman-an which aims to improve water supply to the city’s east service area by next year. The east pipeline has the capacity to supply 50,000 households or around 300,000 people.

The P251 million East Pipeline Project which will connect the bulk water plant in Baungon, Bukidnon to the Camaman-an Reservoir, involves the laying of a nine-kilometer long, 600mm steel pipe along the South Diversion in Barangay’s Indahag, Macasandig and Camaman-an and the Retrofitting and Waterproofing of the 5,300 cubic meter Camaman-an Reservoir.

The project will be financed by MetroPac Water Investments Corp. (MWIC) but will be turned over to and operated by the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) upon its completion under its joint venture COBI.

Contractors High Valley Multi-Purpose Cooperative and JH Patawaran Construction Co. will jointly construct the 9-kilometer pipeline, while E.C. Structural Composites Inc. will undertake the Camaman-an Reservoir retrofitting and waterproofing.

According to Engr. Elezar Linaac, assistant general manager of COWD charged with coordinating the project with MWIC, the new pipeline and reservoir will improve water pressure and supply to the East Service Area by June 2019 at the latest.

The new facility is expected to initially supply an additional 20 million liters daily (MLD) of treated potable water to benefit the East Service Area from Barangays Lapasan to Tablon including Camaman-an during the first year of operation, to be augmented by an additional 20 MLD during the second year.

This would bring to 100 MLD the total bulk water supplied to COWD by COBI which recently increased bulk water delivery to the West Service Area from 40 to 60 MLD.

Officers of MWIC headed by its CEO Jose Ma. Lim, COBI headed by GM Engr. Rodrigo Yabut and COWD Acting GM Bienvenido V. Batar and COWD Board Chair Eduardo Montalvan attended the ground breaking ceremony with City Mayor as special guest.

with photos by Tom Udasco

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