Davao City faces more power, water interruptions

Subscribe Now April 06, 2015 at 09:43am

Residents in Davao City may have to expect more power - and water - interruptions following a Mindanao-wide blackout in the first moments of Easter Sunday.

Davao Light and Power Co. said the "unstable" power supply in the Mindanao transmission grid may cause it to "de-load" some feeder lines that may mean isolated brownouts.

"In view of the unstable supply being experienced in the Mindanao transmission grid, Davao Light is closely monitoring the situation. Hence, Davao Light is constrained to implement de-loading of certain feeder lines to avoid its distribution network system as well as the Mindanao grid from total collapse. De-loading results to power interruptions on certain areas connected to the de-loaded feeder lines," it said.

The de-loading caused the isolated interruptions that continued even after the power was initially restored at 7:17 a.m., it said.

Davao Light said an outage hit its entire franchise area at 1:01 a.m. on Sunday, after supply from the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines was suddenly cut off.

Davao Light said it implemented its contingency measures and eventually synchronized power with NGCP. Gradual restoration started at 4:29 a.m.

On the other hand, it said the NGCP has yet to give its explanation on the cause of the blackout.

Meanwhile, the Mindanao-wide power outage in the first hour of Easter Sunday is causing water service interruptions in parts of Davao City, the utility firm there said Sunday afternoon.

The Davao City Water District said some of its connections were still experiencing low pressure as of Sunday afternoon, GMA Davao's "Una Ka BAI!!!" reported.

Citing an advisory from the utility, GMA Davao said some connections still experiencing low water pressure to no water as of 7 a.m. include:

- Dumoy Water Supply System (WSS)
- Tugbok WSS
- Cabantian WSS
- Panacan WSS
- Lubogan WSS
- Riverside WSS

"Although the power cut was shorter in duration, DCWD needs additional time for pressure build-up and line delivery aside from the re-switching on of the affected facilities. This explains why these water supply systems have not yet fully recovered," the utility said.

It said the public may contact its call center through 297-DCWD (3293) and press “1” on their phone dial to listen to latest daily water updates.

They may also call or text 0927-7988966, 0925-5113293 and 0908-4410653 for other updates, complaints, queries and matters pertaining to DCWD services.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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