CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro -- DOST-MIMAROPA continues to support the development of resilient communities in the region, including ensuring that underserved communities have access to clean and safe water.
Under its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program, residents like Adelaida will no longer have to struggle getting water. DOST-MIMAROPA in partnership with Sangguniang Barangay of Yook and Local Government Unit of Buenavista constructed a grid-tied Solar-Powered Water Pumping System, bringing water supply more accessible to people’s homes.
The solar-powered water pumping system provided by DOST-MIMAROPA is made up of two basic components— the photovoltaic solar panels and submersible pumps. The use of solar technology promotes the use of renewable energy to reduce costs and protect the environment. To complete the system, the local government provided water tanks and took care of the installation of the pipeline.
The effects of the technology flowed through 100 households or about 600 individuals in the barangay. It also allowed residents to save money and make time for more productive things such as education, livelihood, and spending time with the family. Moreover, an average savings of 241-288kWH or worth P2,169.00-P2,600.00 per month of electricity expenses was realized with the use of grid-tied solar energy system.
Tuwang tuwa po kami at lubos na nagpapasalamat dahil sa naisakatuparan na ang matagal na naming pinapangarap na magkaron ng supply ng tubig sa lugar na ito” said Punong Barangay Gemma Perlas.
To ensure that water from the system is safe from contaminants, DOST-MIMAROPA also tapped the Provincial and Municipal Health Office to conduct inspection and water testing. PHO provided recommendation to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the water for the community.
Aside from the water pumping system for domestic purposes, a solar-powered water purification system was also established in the barangay in 2020 to provide an accessible drinking water source to the residents. Through the system, at least 30 containers (of 5 gallons each) of water is produced enough for the consumption of 30 households per day. (DOST-MIMAROPA)