Walang tapon! Gov Sy-Alvarado wants to use floodwater for drinking, irrigation
Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado urging the national government to recycle floodwater coming from Central Luzon into potable water and for irrigation purposes in the region.
The governor, during a press conference Wednesday afternoon held at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) training room here, said the receding floodwater from Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Rio Chico River of Tarlac has led to back flooding in the towns of Calumpit and Hagonoy days.
“Back floods from Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga bound for Manila Bay have struck the said catch basin towns on July, August and during Typhoon Ompong last week,” Alvarado said.
The latest report from the provincial government shows that 28 barangays are affected by back floods in the two towns. Twenty two villages in Calumpit are submerged in one to three feet of floodwater while six villages in Hagonoy are still under one to three feet of floodwater.
“And at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, 906 families or equivalent of 3,645 individuals in Calumpit still stayed in the different evacuation areas,” Alvarado said.
The governor also reported that the damage caused by flood in agriculture rose to P58,787,706.25 — P46,214,750.25 in rice; P9,278,820 in fishery and P3,294,132 in vegetables.
To lessen the adverse effects of floods, the governor has proposed to create a water embankment for floodwater coming from Pampanga and Tarlac that could be tapped as potable water and at the same time, for irrigation purposes in the farmlands of Region 3.
“It will lessen the flood problems in the region and at the same time, can help prevent soil subsidence due to groundwater extractions of different local water districts in Central Luzon,” the governor said. (PNA)
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