Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy referred to the City Council committee on planning and development chaired by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya for study the proposed ordinance on the proper harvesting, storage and utilization of rainwater in Cagayan de Oro City.
The legislation aims to promote the capture of rainwater from rooftops of houses and buildings, as well as from agricultural land and other land development to augment water supply, contribute to groundwater recharge, and reduce demand for potable water. It also aims to reduce run-off and consequently, flooding in sealed ground surfaces.
Under the proposed law, the installation of a Rainwater Harvesting System (RHS) shall be mandatory for the construction of new houses, apartments, multi-story buildings and residential development including but not limited to condominium complexes, subdivisions, with a building area of at least 50 square meters, among others.
It also requires the integration of rainwater harvesting system or Small Water Impounding System (SWIS) in all existing public buildings, markets and golf courses in the city and in newly-established agricultural plantations.
If enacted, the Cagayan de Oro Water Resources Management Board (CWRMB) shall be created to be composed of representatives of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), Office of the Building Official, City Agriculture Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Health Office, Environmental Management Bureau, Cagayan de Oro Water District, Oro Chamber, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council and other offices or entities to be appointed by the city mayor.
The board will be tasked to prepare and formulate the Implementing Rules and Regulations concerning application and interpretation of the ordinance.
The board shall, likewise, provide technical assistance to households, establishments, plantations and institutions in complying with provisions of the ordinance; develop a comprehensive information and education campaign on the advantages and benefits of rainwater harvesting and collaborate with the academe, professional organizations and other entities in the research and development of appropriate technologies in harvesting rainwater for all types of RHS, among others. (SP)