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Legazpi Mayor Rosal eyes new water provider amid complaints about Phil Hydro

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City Mayor Noel Rosal said on Thursday he will tap another water service provider to address the water demand of thousands of households and business establishments here.

The move is in response to many complaints from residents about the lack of sufficient water from current provider Phil Hydro, a company contracted by the Legazpi City Water District (LCWD).

Rosal, in a phone interview, said he is now firming up negotiations with at least three water service providers: Manila Waters, Prime Waters and Mactan Waters.

Complaints mounted against the LCWD and Phil Hydro for lack of water in upland villages especially during peak hours, prompting the city mayor to negotiate with other companies that could assure abundant supply of water.

A consumer group and business establishment also said that aside from low supply, water flowing from the faucets was at times murky and foul-smelling.

“We are ready to spend a billion just to get clean and sufficient water from other sources,” Rosal said.

He noted that the Phil Hydro, which is owned by Maynilad, under the contract is supposed to supply 600,000 cubic meters of potable water monthly to the LCWD which in turn will deliver the same to 25,000 households in this city.

Phil Hydro was bought by Maynilad and is under contract with LCWD to operate a Bulk Water Supply Facility here. (PNA)