A water war


Written by: Admin / Posted on: Nov. 05, 2018

Water supply is scarce. 

Forget about the electricity. Anyway, we can have the candle that could light up the night.

What the residents fight is about water. This is truly an inverted principle on water conservation. Maybe advocates for water conservation seem smiling but we suffer the rift.

I live in my mother’s unit at St. Patrick Homes in Barangay Tiglawigan. The village is a housing project by the National Housing Authority and the City Government of Cadiz for the Yolanda victims.

Naturally, since the project is half-done, water is a persistent issue to all.

Almost every day, we fight for water. One water peddler delivers some gallons of water a day to about 1700 households or 3,500 consumers. A gallon costs P4. Do the arithmetic. Do you think all jars get full? No! Only a handful avails the supply.

When a topdown tricycle loaded with almost 25 gallons of water lands in a particular block, a bunch of 5-10 water-craving individuals quickly attacks. Each usually needs a minimum of 5 gallons or more. What would the seller do? 

Bribery works. It’s a war game. Always.

If you don’t crash and fight, you can never win a gallon for a day or two or more. Can we survive without the water? Of course, we can’t. That’s why we need to fight for it. Else, we die of thirst or of body odor.

We can no longer cleanse our body twice or thrice a day. Most often, once. Or, event skip the ritual for a day or two. Drinking eight (8) glasses of water a day has become a healthy illusion.

For now, don’t be ambitious to have plants in your scanty backyard. They would only stomp off your conscience if you would. Have pity.  

Every day is always a struggle to survive. A war that no one knows when it would end or who would win. 

The Cadiz City Water District cannot supply the residents with potable water because the Tubig Filipinas is the NHA-authorized water provider. The former is prepared to supply water but the latter bars its entry.

Where are you ‘Tubig’?