Carmen Copper turns over water reservoir to a village coop

MORE than 300 households in Purok Santol, Barangay Don Andres Soriano, Toledo City have gained access to clean water after the construction of a 75,000-liter capacity water reservoir.

Carmen Copper Corp., through its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP), turned over the water system expansion project to the Santol Village Multipurpose Cooperative (SVMPC) last Dec. 6.

“We’ve waited 20 years for this expansion. In the past, we could not accommodate more requests because our previous capacity of 40 cubic meters (40,000 liters) just could not cope with the demand,” SVMPC Chairman Ernesto Largo said.

SVMPC can now serve 1,800 individuals residing in seven sitios of Don Andres Soriano.

In the past, SVMPC had supplied water to 192 households and operated thrice daily before the reservoir expansion was completed.

The cooperative expects that their income will increase with the additional water capacity. At present, SVMPC earns P40,000 to P50,000 per month.

“This for sure will make us more sustainable and profitable in the future. But what is more important is that more residents will get access to clean water. And it is all thanks to Carmen Copper with the support of the barangay council. Thank you, Carmen Copper and SDMP, for looking after the welfare of the public by ensuring that we have access to one of man’s most basic necessities,” Largo said.

Carmen Copper, which sources the bulk of its water from the Malubog Dam for domestic and industrial use, also supplies water to the Toledo City Water District (TCWD) by hundreds of thousands of liters of water per year to augment the supply. To date, Carmen Copper has distributed 1.7 million cubic meters of fresh water to TCWD.

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