Cotabato Will Run Out of Drinking Water

By Edwin Fernandez, Charlie Señase, PDI Mindanao

Cotabato City’s taps could go dry in the coming years unless radical moves, including a massive planting of trees in a watershed that has been supporting the drinking needs of residents, are undertaken immediately, a water utility official said.

Delfin Hilario, Metro Cotabato Water District general manager, said only 15 percent of the forest cover remained on the 3,765-hectare Dimapatoy watershed.

The watershed is the major source of water for the city’s nearly 260,000 people and residents of nearby Datu Odin Sinsuat and Sultan Kudarat towns in Maguindanao.

“What we need is a concerted effort by sectors to save our water sources,” Hilario said on Friday during a tree-planting activity spearheaded by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) and soldiers.

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