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Antipas Water District History

Antipas Water District or AWD was formed through the effort of the Local Government Unit of Antipas headed by Hon. Mayor Van D. Cadungon and Provincial Governor the late    Hon. Rosario P. Diaz. They combined their financial assistance amounting to Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P2.5 M), for  Calendar Year 1997 the LGU funds amounting to One Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P 1.5 M) was released to AWD and the balance of One Million Pesos will be allocated on C.Y. 1998 as committed by Hon. Van D. Cadungon. The LGU allocation will be granted for the improvements and rehabilitation of the existing water supply system of Antipas.

The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) approved its formation last July 3, 1997 and issued a Conditional Certificate of Conformance No. 565.

Water supply system of Antipas utilizes the Magsaysay Spring located at about 2.7 km. Southeast of the service area and is equipped with a reinforced concrete intake box. The spring has an estimated discharge of 7 liter per second (7-lps) and projected to serve about 560 households.

The water supply scheme is fill-and-draw, that is, water from the spring source is first conveyed to the existing 48 cu.m. reinforced concrete ground reservoir by gravity thru a transmission line consisting  a series of pipes with diameters 150 mm, 100 mm and 75 mm before it is released to the consumers. The reservoir is about 4-meter higher than service area.

The distribution network is only within the Poblacion Proper and consisting of GI pipes and uPVC pipes with sizes ranging from 150mm to 50mm.   The said water system had so many defects such as:

  1. High-unaccounted water supply due to un-metered connections, wastage and illegal connections.
  2. Transmission lines were undersized and had leaks along the entire length. Some distribution lines were deteriorating.
  3. Water did not undergo water treatment or disinfection.
  4. The existing water system lacks plumbing tools and equipment for proper maintenance of the system.

Due to scarcity of financial resources, not all of the identified deficiencies can be given appropriate actions, but it was minimized. At the moment, Antipas Water District should take advantage of the LGU grant and possibly explore other sources of funds in the future for facility improvements.

The improvements were envisioned and implemented by AWD with the technical assistance from Metro Kidapawan Water District and LWUA. As it was mentioned earlier, the LGU grant is intended to rehabilitate the existing water supply system for the enhancement of water production and augment the service capability of the water district.

The proposed system of the Antipas Water District will serve the whole Poblacion.   The laying of distribution lines was 6.8km. which consist 50mm, 75mm 100mm and 150mm GI pipes and uPVC pipes. The distribution of water supply will be full metering system in order to lessen the high-unaccounted water produced, minimize leaks and illegal connections. A Drip-Type-Chlorinator or Hypo chlorinator was installed at the spring intake box for disinfection purposes.

The rehabilitation and installation of the New Water System was completed last October 1999. Water testing was done by the management.

Orientation seminar was conducted to those who were interested to avail a connection. No seminar no installation policy were strictly imposed. After the seminar, the management had installed 157 water meters as initial concessionaires and P75.00 as minimum Water Rate.   As time goes, concessionaires flocked to the office for membership. Each concessionaire should pay One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (Php 1,500) for application fees.   At the end of December 2000, the district accumulated 442 connections and rendered a very satisfactory service. Another year comes, number of connections increased to 577 connections with P84.00 as the minimum water rate. Calendar year 2002, number of connections increases to 651 connections with a minimum water rate of P121.20.   The gradual increase of connections affected the services of the water district, water shortage was encountered.

The following year 2003, AWD management headed by Engr. William D. Abalos, as  General Manager constructed a deep well with 300 feet depth and installed 5 horse power (5HP) submersible pump as additional source of water to improve the water services of the district.   The said deep well (PUMPING STATION # 1) and expansion of services has accumulated a cost of Seven Hundred Eighty One Thousand Two Hundred Sixty Six Pesos (Php 781, 266.00). The project was completed and utilized last March 24, 2003. The water was distributed directly to the concessionaires or by direct pumping method. At the end of December, 2003 there were 732 connections. The new source of water supply cannot accommodate the 732 connections, so, scheduling scheme of water supply was adopted.

The management, with the full support of the Board of Directors look for another water source, HYDROCK WELLS, INC. was hired by AWD to drill another water source. AWD purchased a lot at Brgy. Magsaysay with an area of 25 sq. m. (5m x 5m) as a site of another well (PUMPING STATION # 2). The new project, Pumping Station # 2 was completed and in full operation last April 1, 2005.

The AWD as of December 31, 2006 has an active connections of 1,025 with a rate of Php153.90 for residential classification as approved by LWUA Board of Trustees last August 23, 2005 with BOT resolution No. 156 series of 2005.   A total of 63 new connections was installed for one year, to have 1,088 concessionaires as of December 31, 2007, the new management continue to develop new spring source which was purchased early of the first quarter of CY 2007 with the full support of the new set of Board of Directors.

A present, AWD had an active total connection of 1623, we have an on-going project, the drilling of new well at Brgy. B. Cadungon, Antipas, North Cotabato. The LGU of Antipas, headed by Hon. Mayor Egidio D. Cadungon, Jr., committed to help the AWD by acquiring a spring source at Sitio Lakwakon, Buay-buay, Brgy. Basak, Magpet, North Cotabato. The Board of Directors, management and staff of Antipas Water District is looking forward for the development of water services.


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