Ex-DA chief warns of dwindling groundwater in Nueva Vizcaya

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Oct 9 (PIA) – A former secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) calls on various stakeholders in this province to do their share in protecting the environmental in order to sustain the supply as well as the quality of water for agricultural production and domestic use.

William Dar, now the president of the Inang Lupa Movement, Inc. (ILMI) said the province’s 15 municipalities’ groundwater availability is now  on a low level with severe drought intensity based on a research.

Dar, who was invited as guest of honor and speaker during the Water Summit in Nueva Vizcaya also said the province’s future for sustainable water supply lies on its surface water resources.

“We are not consuming  water efficiently because we still have good supply but this will change by 2025 when the demand for more water increases. This is a challenge for all of us,” he said.

The potentials of rainwater

Dar said there is a need to maximize the potentials of rainwater harvesting for agriculture and domestic use to conserve water supply in the province.

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“More efforts should be done to protect surface water, considering that the agriculture sector is the largest consumer of water,” Dar said.

“We need to harmonize all our actions for the protection of our water resources and environment,” Dar added.

To sustain the availability of quality water  in the province , Dar recommended the following: harness the potentials of harvesting rainwater through the establishment of rain catchment facilities; development of the ramining 1.3 million hectares of irrigable land in the province through the use of hybrid rice; massive reforestation on major watersheds,; establishment of monitoring and management center program for co-management of important river basins through the formation of the Sierra Madre Development Authority(SMDA); establishment of water monitoring stations and early warning systems on strategic areas for water quality monitoring towards rehabilitation of polluted water resources; promote water saving technologies;  and tap resources from blue and green waters. (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)      

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