THE Dagupan City Water District (DCWD) promptly shut off of its Magsaysay Pumping Station on September 24 when consumers complained of a salty taste of the water being pumped out in the area.
DCWD General Manager Adelfo B. Valle ordered the shut-off operation on the recommendation of Water Resources Division head Engineer Sergio P. Sta. Maria.
The subsequent physicochemical analysis of the water sample from the pumping station conducted by the DCWD yielded a 1.5 g/l salinity, which is not within the permissible limit set by the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water.
As a remedial measure, the DCWD upgraded and increased the capacity of the Bolosan Pumping Station and the Paras-Mangin Pumping Station and diverted the water into the DCWD reservoir.
Three booster pumps are now being simultaneously running with two booster pumps operating in full load 24/7.
Sta. Maria also ordered the installation of air release valves before and after the Quintos Bridge to further increase the water pressure in the affected areas. More air release valves were installed every one kilometer to increase water pressure. (CIO/JCB)