New deal allows 3 more Iloilo districts to enjoy daily water supply
At least three Iloilo City districts now enjoy uninterrupted water supply on a daily basis.
 
Rolex Jodieres, General Manager of the Metro Iloilo Bulk Water Supply Corporation (MIB), reported in a recent letter to the MIB Board of Directors that the company’s “2.8Km-600mm diameter pipeline project” has been completed from Ungka II, Pavia to Hibao-an, Mandurriao.”
 
The MIB has just released the first volume of water to the districts of Mandurriao, Molo and Arevalo. Jodieres reported that while the areas used to be supplied only every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at eight-hour intervals per area, they will now be “supplied by our Sta. Barbara water treatment plant by an additional 7,000 to 9,000 cubic meters per day.” 
 
Jodieres added that the project completion in December 2017 was one month ahead of schedule, having been originally set for this month.
 
He also reported that a portion of Pavia, as well as San Miguel and Oton, will similarly enjoy daily supply of clean water. The areas used to be rationed only Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays as the water was diverted to Mandurriao, Molo and Arevalo.  
 
“Now,” Jodieres said, “they don’t need to share the water supply.”
 
He said that he was proud of the MIB’s accomplishment, noting that it demonstrated “how we can deliver a project on time or earlier.  He also commended “the swiftness of procurement procedures and cost efficiencies.”
 
Together with the MIB’s partner, the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD), the recent project completion is “testament to our commitment to reliably deliver clean water to previously unserved areas at the soonest practicable time,” Jodieres continued. 
 
In July 2016, the MIWD inked a P2.8 billion joint venture (JV) agreement for bulk water supply with Metro Pacific Water Investments Corp. (MWIC).
 
The partnership, now called the MIB, aimed to “rehabilitate, expand, operate, and maintain” the water utility’s production facilities, and eventually improve the local population’s access to water services.
 
MWIC’s 25-year contract called for supplying some 170 million liters of water per day to MIWD’s pipelines. 
 
Photo: The Water Treatment Plant at Brgy. Talanghauan Sta. Barbara, Iloilo receives raw water directly from the dam and the sedimentation basin. This is where water purification takes place. With a capacity of 37,000 cu. m., the water treatment plant serves as the primary source of treated water supplied by MIB.