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The BCWD advised concessionaires to store water for their use before the scheduled activity.
"This is periodically undertaken by the BCWD to ensure delivery of quality water to the public," the advisory added.
They said TPHR, reportedly owned by a relative of Sangtian, was incorporated two months before it submitted the proposal to BCWD and that it had no track record in bulk water projects.
In April 2013, the city government also questioned the 25-year bulk water project agreement the BCWD and TPHR had entered into as it never underwent consultation.
Many Butuanons have an idea who would benefit from crippling the BCWD's operation so that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan could declare a state of emergency, like it just did.
Now, during heavy rains, the BCWD does not have the capability to filter and treat the waters of Taguibo River, which is heavily silted and polluted because of mining activities and the construction of a road.
It is a sustainable, costeffective project that would provide clean water to every Butuanon 24 hours a day," said BCWD spokesperson Ramil Barquin.
Currently, BCWD is able to produce only about 70 percent of its capacity after Typhoon "Seniang" and attempts to sabotage BCWD facilities affected the utility's operations.
Engineers of BCWD, according to BCWD spokesperson Ramil Barquin, found the steel cover of the firm's manhole No.
"BCWD closes the gallery during heavy rains, thus the removal of the steel cover had very serious negative effects as debris entered the system," Barquin said.
Amante said it was time for BCWD general manager Anselmo Sangtian to step down and give the water firm a fresh start.
Torralba said the BCWD has miserably failed the city's 38,000 water clients despite the P1billion loan package it earlier secured for facility upgrade, and imposition of water rates, considerably among the highest in Mindanao.
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