DCWD’S EXPANSION PROJECT – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (3rd from left), Dagupan City Water District (DCWD) Chairman Atty. Liberato “Ope” Reyna (2nd from left), Pantal Barangay Captain Julita Perez (4th from left) and DCWD board members lead the groundbreaking ceremony of DCWD’s expansion project. The project aims to increase water supply in island barangays and areas with low water pressure through the laying of transmission mains and the construction of a new reservoir in Sitio Maligaya in Bonuan Gueset. (CIO photo by Arriz Fruelda)

DAGUPAN CITY – The Dagupan City Water District (DCWD) is set to boost its service in some of the island barangays and in areas suffering from low water pressures with its new expansion project that broke ground last February 1.

The project will be built on a lot located along the Judge Jose De Venecia, Sr. Highway Extension on February 1, with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, DCWD Chairman Atty. Liberato “Ope” Reyna and members of the board of directors leading the ceremony.

Also present were Social Security Services (SSS) Commissioner Atty. Gonzalo T. Duque, DCWD Vice Chairman Raymundo Ramos, Dr. Voltaire Tada, Dr. Arlene Sanchez, DCWD General Manager Adelfo Valle, Pantal Barangay captain Julita Perez and other DCWD members.

The first phase of the expansion project will start with the laying of a steel pipe bridge crossing and the laying of PVC transmission mains which will be interconnected to the water district’s existing 250 transmission mains. The project, which will cost around P60-million, will also be tapping distribution mains for new concessionaires.

For the second phase, DCWD is set to construct a fiberglass-type ground reservoir in Sitio Maligaya of Bonuan Gueset, which will be filled by six pumping stations in Bonuan. The reservoir will have one booster house with four booster pumps, that will bring water from Maligaya to other barangays.

The second phase is set to be funded by a loan from the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).

According to Engr. Rizaldy Mandap, Manager of DCWD’s Construction and Maintenance Division, the water supply from parts of the island barangays of Salapingao and Pugaro Suit will be sourced from the reservoir to be built in Maligaya.

He added that water connection and pressure in certain areas with low water pressures such as Barangays Lucao and Tapuac will be improved following the completion of the expansion project.

“This project aims to address the needs of our constituents and concessionaires that have low water pressure or have no service lines. This will help alleviate the lack of water supply in some areas,” added Engr. Mandap.

He also said that with the expansion project, DCWD hopes to reach 90% of its coverage in the city.

Meanwhile, DCWD Chairman Atty. Liberato “Ope” Reyna said that the expansion project will cater to the needs of the city’s three growth centers identified under the city’s Comprehensive Land-Use Plan (CLUP).

“With the collective effort of DCWD and the local government unit headed by Mayor Belen Fernandez, a dream becomes a reality. A plan is now turned into action,” added Atty. Reyna.

Each phase of the project will take 210 working days to complete. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)