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Does the Philippines suffer from water shortages?

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  1. john boy

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    Might sound a daft question but one that I have not heard mentioned
    As Europe is experiencing a drought in many countries combined with extreme heat causing forest fires.
    Philippines has many natural calamities I am aware of like flooding, earthquakes etc
    but I have not heard of a scarcity of water, is that correct.....?
     
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    1000's of persons that purchase land than try to get water to that land can wait at times up to years. Particularly in Rural areas of a City or Town. Pressure is low and the demand and need are high.
    Water supplies in parts of the Philippines are frequently scarce and, as a consequence, supplies are frequently shut down to preserve capacity. Six to eight months of the year are largely dry: during these months, acute water shortages occur and people rely on drinking water sources that may not be safe.

    Rain is frequent in the Philippines so collecting the rain source in various ways is common for garden watering, laundry, and showering or bathing and feeding Animals etc. I myself collect rain water.
     
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    In addition to what's already been posted, the state of the local water infrastructure systems is commonly deplorable.
    In Dumaguete, the local water company announced that they were drawing up plans to improve system leakage, responsible for a staggering 41% loss. The company purportedly fixed 3,300 leaks in their first year of existence, but judging by the still low water pressure that hasn't made much of a difference yet.
    In the past, many households who could afford to (yours truly included) have installed a system at their home to improve the water pressure. (storage tank, pressure tank and pump).
     
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    We are living exactly at the boundary of Sibulan and Dumaguete.

    Till last year we were connected to the main line of Dumaguete, but were facing many problems.

    Line was always leaking caused by trucks that damaged it by driving over the metering stations close to the Barangay or dirt road. Almost every day it happened. Water company couldn't fix it as fast as the truck were damaging it.

    It occured to be a huge problem that many parts of the main line were not installed underground, so certain parts were an easy target for trucks manoevring around narrow roads abd corners.

    Hence it was no proper supply at all and water pressure was below one bar. Not mention the amount of money we paid.

    We were able to switch to Sibulan Water Company and now it's more than fine. No interruption, steady and reliable.

    We bought a huge tank, a pressure tank and a pump and it's working fine. No problem to water the garden, taking a shower or using yaccuzzi.

    On our property there is a deep well prepared by the previous owner. I will maintain it next year, cause thinking about to build a pool.
     
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    Understand one thing? there is 3 ways to do a job, the right way, the wrong way and the Filipino way this being the fastest and cheapest option and just may last to the end of the day? I'm thinking suppose they do fix one leak thus increasing the pressure in that particular length of pipe? does that create another two more in that same pipe joints that are just hanging by a thread? In Valencia where our house is water is close to being free we pay around P35 a month for our water supply, but this water is full of silt and even small twigs and leaves about once a month we have to clean out the small filter which is placed just before the water enters our meter, not our responsibility I know, but it gets the job done so much faster than if we reported it. we now have a filter system installed before our holding tank, before that we had problems with our taps getting clogged up with this fine silt, for anyone that does not know a filter system is an easy install and quite cheap to run, our system has two filters the first being one with a plastic mesh filter which is easy to clean and this we must do about once a month the other one, is a disposable paper element of 5 Microns, we need to change this about 4 times a year, to buy one element out of the big hardware stores is around p450, but they are readily available from Shopee or Lazada for P125.
     
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    And the 4th way you forgot, there's the British way...
    "Or take water. Since 1990 the population of the UK has risen by about 10 million to 67 million but not a single new reservoir has been built in the past three decades. More than 200,000 miles of water pipes date back to Victorian times yet the water companies are replacing them at a rate of 0.05% a year."
    https://www.theguardian.com/busines...ailure-to-invest-cost-of-living-drought-covid

    Maybe the past generations that had it so good in the west didn't think beyond the next few decades, that is probably worse than the developing countries doing it "fastest and cheapest"
     
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    After the last typhoon we had no water supply for around 2 week's so with that in mind i was thinking of getting a water storage tank so does anybody know of a company in the Valencia area or would come there with a water truck and fill it if the need arises in the future ?
     
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    Chances are that if there are water trucks needed and available in the aftermath of a natural catastrophe, you will be quite low on the priority list for getting water delivered for your tank. Think about it, there's no money in owning/operating a water truck except in the aftermath of a catastrophe, so the only ones there would be either from the red cross or similar or from the government (don't think they have many though). Those available will be needed to serve entire communities, not individuals. Better buy a bunch of those 15 liter blue plastic bottles if you are worried.
     
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    Not a problem to get a tank filled in Valencia where you live, I had this done after the last Typhoon it was filled with the local Fire Truck and arranged with the Barangay Captain, I'm sure this was done free of charge to us?
     
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