The Mindanao Daily Mirror editorial today warned that there is no time to waste in the water wars between the local water utility DCWD and the hydro power firm Hedcor over the use of Tamugan River in the west of the city.
I fully agree.
Unfortunately, DCWD has already wasted over a decade in foot-dragging on this issue.
The water firm was granted a permit for the use of the river as far back as 1997. It has dilly-dallied and has not delivered even a single drop of water from this river to its expanding clientele in the city.
Two major events have thus overtaken its indecision. The first is the expansion of farming in the area during the past ten years that has reportedly contaminated the river; the second is the energy crisis that has demanded for the development of clean energy particularly hydro power.
Had the DCWD acted ten years ago to tap the river, we would not be confronted with this time-wasting debate today.
The board and management of the water firm should be accountable for this clear failure to act accordingly to develop the river as its water source.
They cannot fault others for this wasted time. In fact, its permit should be revoked for this utter inaction.