Delta helps Xevera Bacolor homeowners solve water row

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—-Pampanga Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda has ordered a technical investigation into the water system in Xevera Bacolor on complaints of homeowners to be able to determine the cause of the reported poor quality of water there. 

Governor Pineda ordered the technical investigation after hearing on Monday the sides of the Xevera Homeowners Association (XHOA) and Xevera Water Services Company Inc. (XWSCI), the water provider of housing developer Globe Asiatique and Realty Holdings Corp. 

He formed the panel of investigators consisting of Provincial Board Members Ferdinand Labung and Jun Canlas, Bacolor Mayor Diman Datu, Pampanga Association of Water Districts representatives, Provincial Sanitary Officer Engr. Amelia Arce, XHOA president Wennie Cayabyab and XWSCI supervisor Luisito de Leon.

Xevera Bacolor has three deep well sources, according to a March 20, 2019 report of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB). 

The report showed that by that time, XWSCI has not submitted its certificate of potability including results of bacteriological, physical and chemical tests. Its meters have no NWRB seal as proof of meter accuracy. De Leon said lab results had been submitted. 

In the meeting, the panel agreed to assess first Well No. 3, which is located behind the public market, by dropping a camera under ground it to verify depth and design.  Several residents living on streets served by this well reported getting black-colored and stinking water. 

Cabrera said Xevera Bacolor hosts more than 4,000 units and around 2,200 are actually occupied. The tank of Well No.3 collapsed in December 2019, she said in a complaint to NWRB. 

De Leon said all three wells have been discharged of water in May 2020 to flush out dirt. He claimed the color and potability have improved, which a resident disproved during the meeting with the governor. 

Governor Pineda also urged the panel to determine the need to abandon Well No. 3 or to study the need to recommend a new water source. 

He asked the XHOA and XWSCI to advise residents when Well No. 3 would be temporarily shut down for assessment so they could stock up on water. 

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