Alaminos City Water District Brief History
In 1938, the Water System of then Municipality of Alaminos was conceived through the initiative of then Municipal Mayor Agapito Braganza and the Sanguniang Bayan. The operation was under the management of the Local Government of Alaminos. For the purpose of consolidating and centralizing all waterworks, sewerage and drainage systems in the Philippines under one control, direction and general supervision, the Philippine Government created a public corporation named as the National Water Works and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) also known as the Republic Act (RA) 1383 and took over the management of all water systems in the country including the Alaminos Water System on June 18, 1955.
Laws Creating Alaminos Water Utilities
On March 25, 1976, the Alaminos Water District (AWAD) was formed by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 198, as amended by PD 768 through a Resolution of the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Alaminos Resolution dated September, 1976 under the initiative and leadership of then Municipal Mayor Leon M. Rivera, Jr. In response to the call for improvement of local water utilities necessary to optimize public service, the AWAD was declared as the 34th Water District Registered in the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) in the Philippines.
Exercising its autonomy from the Local Government after it was formed on March 1976, the Management of the newly formed Alaminos Water District (AWAD) held its office at the second floor of Alaminos Rural Bank Building beside the Municipal Hall along Quezon Ave., Barangay Poblacion then transferred at Plaridel Street, Barangay Poblacion, south of the Bayanihan Hall, in the basement of the famous concrete water tank tower.
Due to limited funds, AWAD rented/shared a space at the Alaminos Rural Bank Building. The building was then made of wood and plywood with a small area just enough to accommodate concessionaires and to conduct day-to-day transactions. Due to increasing number of transactions of the District, the AWAD BOD found the need to request from the Alaminos Local Government through BOD Resolution No. 77-9 a piece of land located in front and back of the water tank. For the time being, the AWAD Personnel transferred in the basement of the concrete water tank tower along Plaridel Street (now Braganza Street). The nine-meter in diameter tower was refurbished and partitioned for the General Manager′s Office, the other personnel′s working area and the teller′s area.
By virtue vested to the Municipal Mayor as the Appointing Authority pursuant to PD 198, the first appointed set of Board of Directors (BOD) was composed of Col. Pedro R. Montemayor (Chairman), Atty. Leonardo P. Tamayo (Secretary), Mrs. Celestina J. Montemayor (Treasurer), Gerardo G. Cruz (Member), and Erasto M. Jimenez (Member). As pioneer BOD members, they faced and accepted the challenges of a relatively new water district: from deficiency of operational fund, creation of policies to improve the services of the District, and operational lapses from the previous management and services of NAWASA.
On the first Board Meeting of the appointed Board of Directors on April 13, 1976, Engr. Gerardo G. Ruiz was appointed as Acting General Manager of the District. However, on October 1976, he resigned from the post and Engr. Rafael R. Riño was appointed as the first General Manager and headed the first eight (8) personnel until 1987. The first AWAD team was composed of the General Manager, Bookkeeper, Bill Collector/Meter Reader, Cashier, Plumber, and three operators who served the 400 concessionaires of the District. Manpower was maximized in a multi-task nature of the Office. This was done due to limited financial resources.
Pipe System − Coverage
Inheriting the facilities and pipe system established by the LGU Water System and NAWASA, AWAD started its operations serving seventeen (17) barangays of Alaminos namely: Poblacion, Pogo, San Vicente, San Roque, San Antonio, Inerangan, Magsaysay, Lucap, Cayucay, Baleyadaan, Bued, Tanaytay, Pocal-pocal, Palamis, Amandiego, Bolaney and Amangbangan. Water is distributed to these areas by water pumps passing through the reservoir in Poblacion going to the end-users.
In its first year of operations, AWAD generated an average of 13,514,880 liters per day from its three (3) production plants: a) Sabangan Pump Station is a deep well sourced plant with a total capacity discharge capacity of 9,590,400 liters per day from its two (2) pumps; b) Quibuar Pump Station are generated from spring and deep well with a total discharge capacity of 3,924,000 liters per day; and c) Amangbangan Magsaysay Well with an estimated capacity of 480 liters per day.
Reservoir provides storage for volume of water to complement the pressure in the pipeline, a chamber for water treatment, and during emergencies such as fire, the water in the reservoir will be used by the Bureau of Fire Protection. The first Reservoir maintained by the District was the concrete water tank tower in Poblacion with a capacity of 250 cubic meters. To address the low pressure complaints of customers, two more water reservoirs were constructed in Barangay Tagudin in Mabini and Barangay Bued, Alaminos in 1980 and 2008 respectively.
To start its operations in 1976, the Local Government of Alaminos granted subsidies to the AWAD but there is no available data as to the amount. However, the fund was not sufficient to sustain a smooth transition. It became a more serious concern when delinquency on bills payment became a problem among the few existing customers. With this, AWAD resorted to secure loans from LWUA to add in the depleting operating capital of the District. Donations were also solicited from civic organizations such as Lion′s Club of Alaminos and JAYCEES, to name a few.
Initial Number Of Households
AWAD inherited about 400 households served by NAWASA which became the first concessionaires of the District. These connections were distributed in the seventeen Barangays covered by the three production plants.
Laws Creating ACWD
By virtue of Republic Act 9025, the Municipality of Alaminos was converted into Alaminos City and by the power of the people′s “Yes” vote through a plebiscite on March 28, 2001, it made Alaminos the fourth city in the Province of Pangasinan. With this development, the Alaminos Water District adopted its new name, the Alaminos City Water District (ACWD) in October 2002.