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New Solar-Powered Water System Brings Relief to Drought-Stricken Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro

Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro — In response to the devastating impact of the ongoing El Niño phenomenon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Mindoro Occidental District Engineering Office (DEO) has completed the construction of a solar-powered water system in Brgy. Teresa, Magsaysay. This innovative project aims to provide a reliable, sustainable, and uninterrupted water supply to the households in the community.

The El Niño-related drought has severely impacted several towns in Occidental Mindoro, affecting local livelihoods and placing a strain on water resources. The new Solar Water System is expected to bring much-needed relief to the residents of Brgy. Teresa and contribute to the overall development of the community.

According to a report by Mindoro Occidental District Engineer Joselito A. Antonio, submitted to DPWH MIMAROPA Regional Director Gerald A. Pacanan, CESO III, the Solar Water System project encompasses a 2.72 km water line powered by a 5-horsepower submersible pump. The system also includes a 20-kilowatt solar power hybrid setup, ensuring a continuous water supply even during power outages, which are common during nighttime.

Engineer Antonio highlighted the significance of the project’s solar power component, emphasizing its role in maintaining a sustainable energy source for the water pump. The successful completion of the Solar Water System project marks a significant step toward improving the quality of life in Brgy. Teresa and surrounding areas. Residents can now rely on a steady and clean water source for daily use, including drinking, cooking, and sanitation. The project’s sustainability focus aligns with broader environmental goals, reducing the carbon footprint associated with traditional energy sources.

Residents of Brgy. Teresa expressed gratitude for the new water system, citing the benefits of not having to rely on inconsistent sources of water or travel long distances to collect it. The improved accessibility to clean water is expected to have a positive ripple effect on public health, education, and local businesses, contributing to the overall prosperity of the region.

DPWH Mindoro Occidental DEO continues to work on similar projects across the region to address the challenges posed by climate change and ensure a sustainable future for the communities in Occidental Mindoro.

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