Water Supply Feasibility Studies in Philippines

by Leonardo V. Gutierrez, Jr., (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Camp Dresser and McKee International Inc., Boston, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 59-71

Document Type: Journal Paper


Field tests show that most water distribution systems have old and inadequately sized pipes with considerably reduced capacities, resulting in low pressures and marginal fire-fighting capabilities. Water sources, both surface and ground water, are generally available, but water-handling facilities have to be properly planned and constructed to convey the water to the demand centers. Water demand will increase exponentially as population grows and standard of living and opportunity increases. Quantifiable economic benefits exceed the known costs of the water supply projects. The recommended plan may be implemented through well-defined construction stages, which are financially viable if water rates are set on the basis of the consumers' ability to pay. As a result of these feasibility studies, water supply projects are now being provided much needed foreign exchange by international loaning agencies.

Subject Headings: Feasibility studies | Water supply systems | Water demand | Water supply | Developing countries | Field tests | Water pipelines | Water pressure | Philippines | Asia

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