Water Safety Plan Enables Emergency Response to Floods in Northern Luzon

On 1st November 2011, a low-pressure area in Northern Luzon brought more than 400 milliliters of rain upon Aurora, Apayao, Kalinga, Cagayan and Isabela. Typhoon Juan hit the country in October 2011, and brought heavy rains on these affected provinces.

The Floodwaters and Its Effects

The continued downpour tested the preparedness of the Metropolitan Tuguegarao Water District (MTWD) to secure enough potable water for its consumers of about 28,000 households.

Tuguegarao City lies in a basin that is practically the catchment area for all water runoffs from Upper Cagayan Valley along the Sierra and Cordillera Mountain ranges, After Magat Dam, in Isabela Province, released water into the mighty Cagayan River, a big part of Tuguegarao City was submerged under floodwaters in less than 12 hours.

Two of the 16 pump stations of MTWD were under water, and were temporarily shut down. MTWD has equipped all its pumping stations with stand-by generation sets, so that even at the height of power failure, which lasted almost a week, continuous water supply was delivered to the consumers.

Floodwaters in the street of Tuguegarao City
Floodwaters in the street of Tuguegarao City