INFRASTRUCTURE AND UTILITIES
The Batangas Water Supply System was constructed in 1926 jointly by the Government of the Philippines and United States of America. It was first supervised and managed by the Bureau of Public Works while the local operation and management were undertaken by the Batangas Municipal Government in 1957, the system was named over to NAWASA and 14 years later the city government decided to managed its own system.
Under Presidential Decree No. 128, the Batangas City Water District was subsequently created as an autonomous entity duly certified by the Local Water Utilities Authority (LWUA) which provided financial and technical assistance to the water district.
The waterworks system was formally transferred by the city government to the BCWD in 1975.
The Batangas City Water District supply water to its beneficiaries by pumping from ground water deepwells through the following distribution system.
Water Supply and Distribution Facilities
a. to Low Level Zone
|By gravity from Reservoir passing through the Break Pressure Chamber
|b. to Medium Level Zone
||Gravity floe from the Reservoir
|c. to High Level Zone
||Direct-to-line pumping from Soro-Soro Karsada pumping station supported by booster pumping from the Alangilan pumping center.
|d. Supplement to Medium
and Low Level Zones
|Direct-to-line pumping from Kumintang and Calicanto pumping center.
|e. For the Barangays far from
the main service area
|there are separate water supply system for Paharang Kanluran, Dumantay and Dalig using direct-to-line pumping.
- Raw Water Sources
- Nine deepwells within the present integrated system for Poblacion and 14 neighboring barangays, with total capacity of 1,210 cubic meters per hour (336) liters/second averaging 133.31 cubic meters per hour per well or 587 gpm.
- One deepwell in Paharang Kanluran for the Paharang Kanluran-Dumantay Water Supply System with capacity of 13.7 cubic meters per hour.
- One deepwell in Dalig for the Water Supply System with a diesel generating set as prime power source having a capacity of 13.70 cubic meter per hour.
- One deepwell in Gulod Itaas for the Sampaguita Country Homes with a capacity of 6.80 cubic meters per hour and, an 81 cubic meter elevated concrete reservoir.
- Well No. 6 soon to operate with 60 hp submersible pump yield 627 gpm.
- One deepwell in Sta. Rita Karsada to be integrated into the main system.
- Sites for six more wells have already been identified and acquired.
- Raw water mains, 329 m. long, sizes 400 and 200 mm from well nos. 1 to 7 to the reservoir.
- Transmission mains for clear water, 6043 m. long ranging in sizes from 600, 500 to 400 mm.
- Distribution mains, originally 48.515 m. long and now 146,405 m. long with sizes as follows : 300, 250, 200, 150, 100, 75, 50 and 25 mm.
- Reinforced concrete reservoir, 4000 cubic meter capacity located inside the Alangilan Pumping Center, functioning as pressure stabilizer in te distribution system as water reserve in brownout situation. It is divided in to two chambers which can be operated independently. It has a fire reserve of 320 cubic meters.
- Production Building with the following features :
- Control Console for remote control operation of deepwell pumps at the Alangilan Pumping Center chlorinating plant and warning lamps.
- Measurement of production by volume and flow.
- Chlorinators with segregated room for liquified chlorine gas tanks.
- Valve chamber for inlet and outlet piping of the reservoir.
- Booster pumps for the high level zone.
- Two emergency diesel generating sets for the operation of pump stations 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the Alangilan Pumping Center during brownouts.
- Workshop building containing the quality control laboratory, meter test bench and repair room, store room, repair bay and office for technical personnel.
- Break pressure chamber, to release water pressure to zero from reservoir level to the chamber level then release water to the low level zone .
- Calicanto Pumping Station, equipped with a submersible pump of 180 cubic meters per hour capacity. This station has a standby diesel generating set operating the submersible pump during brownouts.
- Soro-Soro Karsada Pumping Station, supplies the high level zone through a 75 hp pump. A diesel generating set is also provided to operate the pumping machinery during brownouts.
- Sambat Pumping Station, equipped with a 75 hp pump supplementing the water supply to the medium level zone.
- Paharang Kanluran- Dumantay Pumping Station, equipped with a 7.5 hp pump generating 8 liters per second.
- Sta. Rita Karsada Pumping Station, to be integrated into the main supply and distribution system upon completion.
- Dalig Pumping Station to serve the water supply in that barangay.
- Sampaguita Country Homes Station in Gulod Itaas now serving residents in that subdivision.
The Port of Batangas is identified as the most important and best strategically located port in Region IV which is under the administration of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
Piers I and II are being used for accommodating ro-ro vessels and ferry boats plying between Batangas Port and the Port of Calapan, Puerto Galera, San Jose, Odiongan, Romblon, Sablayan, Looc, Roxas City, Coron, Colion and Abra de Ilog.
The marginal wharf connected in Pier II is being utilized for accommodating large size vessels that carry cargoes such as lumber, logs and general cargoes. The eastern side of the marginal wharf provided a berthing place for small vessels such as tug boats.
The completion of the on-going construction and development of the Batangas Port under the Phase I Component of the OECF Assistant Package is expected to transform the facility into an efficient and world class port facility.
Roads and Bridges
The total length of all roads in the city as of December 31, 1997 were 419.049 km composed of 72.189 km of national road, 23.178 km of city roads and 323.682 km of barangay road.
The inventory showed that total length of asphalted roads were 39.628 km, concreted roads were 130.104 km while gravelled roads were 430.759 km and unpaved roads totaled to 205.558 km. The record revealed that more city roads were concrete paved as compared to last year's inventory.
A total of 23 barangay bridges in Batangas City were also recorded