ORMOC CITY – A simple groundbreaking ceremony for the P 40-mil-lion Ahag Treatment Plant was held at the Ahag Filtration Gallery here, a clarifying facility which is deemed to solve the city’s water woes, was held at 8:00 AM of January 18, 2018.

Present were city officials Mayor Richard Gomez, Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr., councilors Vincent Rama, Ben-net Pongos, Goito Yrastorza, city planning officer Raoul Cam and Ormoc Waterworks System OIC Engr. Fulton Manawatao.

Also present were Engr. Anto-nio Tompar, chief executive officer of Mactan Rock which is the contractor of the project, and his staff led by Engr. Corazon Egona, and water consultant Engr. Jose “Piping” Tolo.

Engr. Antonio Tompar said the clarifying plant, a technology that has been in the country for 30 years already, would solve Ormoc’s problem with turbid water.

He said the project will be finished in 3 months, and they will set about rehabilitating the old water system on the fourth month. He promised to turnover the new water system by April, and said it will supply Ormoc with clean, clear and regular water.

Ormoc, for the past six years, has been having problems with water turbidity. The problem became worst recently because the water system does not only have to be put off when it rains, having no clarifying system, but it is already not enough for the population which has ballooned since then.

Mayor Gomez, in his short talk, said that “people are excited with the project. They are excited with having a clean and good water supply.” He added that the improvement of the Ahag Filtration facility is just a start of a series of waterrelated projects that his administration is undertaking.

He also said that the steps to solve Ormoc’s water problem had to be thought out carefully. Together with his team, he said, they had to make sure that the solutions presented are the ones that will solve the problem. “Gihashasan gyod ni og maayo,” he said, adding he thanks the Sanggunian Panglunsod for making sure everything is above board.

The mayor also said he is hoping and praying that the national government helps with financing the planned Lake Danao Water System, as the city races to meet a spike in water demand for the next 10 to 15 years.

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