Davao Water obtains extension for bridge pipeline work

Subscribe Now January 16, 2015 at 09:07am

The installation of 1,000-millimeter (mm) water pipes parallel to Governor Generoso Bridge (formerly Bankerohan Bridge), a main supply line, by the Davao City Water District (DCWD) missed its Dec. 31 deadline stipulated in a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

But the government-run water distribution firm said it has negotiated an agreement with DPWH on extending the work period.

DCWD spokesperson Bernardo D. Delima said the new target completion date is March 28, barring unexpected delays from natural causes.

“That’s under normal conditions and no problems below the bridge that may cause delay like heavy floods that will interrupt the construction,” Mr. Delima said.

The 1,000-mm pipes will replace the old 650-mm and 700-mm pipes that collapsed in 2012 due to heavy flooding. Temporary 200-mm pipes are currently in place to allow for continued water distribution.

Mr. Delima explained that the delay was caused in part by difficulties in relocating informal settlers under the bridge as well as the unexpected discovery of communication and electrical cables in the area.

“It took us time to relocate the settlers who opposed to relocation. We even tapped the services of the local government in relocating the settlers,” Mr. Delima said.

The pipeline work also coincided with the repair of the Bankerohan Bridge, which was completed by DPWH in November.

Apart from the installation of the new and bigger main lines, DCWD has also lined up a P2-billion project for the upgrade of its distribution system, including the repair of old pipes and putting in new ones.

Source: bworldonline.com

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