USAID turns over typhoon-resilient water facilities

Ormoc City is among the beneficiaries of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the repair of water system facilities, through their BeSecure Project.

During a turn-over ceremony of the climate-resilient repair works on Thursday, February 16, Ormoc Waterworks Office and the city government, represented by city councilor Rolando Villasencio, gladly accepted the new and improved water facilities that were previously devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Ariel F. Lapus, BeSecure Project’s water services team leader, revealed that the repair project in Ormoc City cost ₱13.2 million, which was 25% of the total cost for waterworks system rehabilitation of ₱53 million in the entire Leyte province. USAID helped repair 12 pump houses, 7 genset sheds, and 11 chlorinator sheds located in different barangays in the city, as well as the 600-meter transmission pipeline (300 mm. diameter) for the Ahag filtration gallery at Brgy. Nadongholan.

He said that the damaged facilities made of light materials were replaced with reinforced concrete roof slab and walls with concrete masonry. Moreover, the pipeline was already embedded to the ground as per Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) standard, and was encased with reinforced concrete below the river bed. He also mentioned that the completed repair work would benefit more than 150,000 people in the city.

“Following the ‘build back better’ principle, we constructed these water supply systems and facilities to withstand typhoon winds, as strong as 315 kilometers per hour, similar to that of Typhoon Yolanda,” quipped Dani Newcomb, deputy director of USAID Office of the Environment. “We reconnected pipes and ensured that they are now better protected from future flooding and landslides,” she added.

She also assured that the US Government is fully committed to assisting the Philippines achieve its sustainable development goal on water security and sanitation.

Meanwhile, Isabel Water District also had their 3 pump houses and 1 genset shed repaired, which were turned over on the same day that cost ₱2.2 million, and would benefit more or less 20,000 people in the municipality.


– Joseph Pilapil/City Media Relations Office

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