BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL, AMJ
Severe river bank erosion is threatening the safety of residents and the pumping station of Metro Kalibo Water District (MKWD), a local water utility in Kalibo, Aklan.
The pumping station in Barangay Tigayon is in danger of collapsing, according to MKWD information officer Frederick Buenavidez in Bombo Kalibo report.
Buenavidez said the soil from riverbank has been eroded due to strong stream of water in Aklan River. There are also families living in the area at risk of losing their homes and land to erosion.
He stressed that short-term and long-term solutions for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are needed to solve the impending danger to lives and properties of residents.
In 1990s, the Tigayon pumping station was put up around 50 meters away from the riverbank, but, after the assessment this week, the erosion is just two meters away from the pumping station.
Buenavidez said the MKWD Water Services Division tasked to operate and maintain pumping stations is also closely coordinating with DPWH to address the anxiety felt by residents.
MKWD is serving the water requirements of consumers in Kalibo, New Washington and portions of Banga, Batan and Balete. It sourced its water from Aklan River with its six pumping stations in Kalibo and Banga.
The water utility also has a bulk water agreement with Datem Water, which sourced its surface water for treatment in Aklan River.
MKWD also served Numancia Water District of the town of Numancia through a bulk water supply agreement since 2012./MP