LGUs can keep water districts away from LWUA loans – official
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 Jul) – Water districts could venture on taking the option of local government cooperation to do away with loans to fund water projects, an official of the Bukidnon Association of Water Districts said.
Partnerships with the local government units in their areas can help water districts around Mindanao do away with loans from the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), Juanito Aroa, also general manager of the Malaybalay City Water District said.
He said one way to cut water rate hikes is to coordinate with the local government unit, which he said should have the same mandate as the water district to provide public utilities.
He said water districts could use the scheme to augment capacity to serve more concessionaires or repair old pipelines.
Aroa said despite the available sources of potable water in most localities, water rates will be expected to increase because of the cost to improve sourcing and distributing the water to an increasing number of concessionaires and serving new areas where people used to get water from deep wells.