The Bulacan Bulk Water Contract Management Unit (CMU) of MWSS together with the officers of Luzon Clean Water Developmen Corporation and Norzagaray Water District, initiated the municipal decision-making process when it met with local officials of Norzagaray, Bulacan to discuss the Norzagaray Water System or the BBWSP Stage 3a2 component.
The BBWSP Stage 3a2 project entails the construction of a modular water treatment plant at the MWSS property in Bigte and pipelaying works to be undertaken by the water district serve the water needs of around 65,000 residents of Bgy. Bitungol, Minuyan, Bigte, and San Mateo, as well as other nearby barangays served by the Norzagaray Water District.
The consultation meeting, hosted by MWSS, LCWDC, and the Norzagaray Water District, sought feedback on the coherence of the key features of the Norzagaray Water System as to the likely positive and negative, direct and indirect impacts on socioeconomic, and physical cultural resources in the project’s area of influence. The inputs gathered through the public consultation will be used in securing the permits needed prior to construction but more importantly address community concerns in the planning process and to meet as many community goals as possible.
MWSS Administrator Cleofas succinctly guided the project team when she stated, “We all want Bulacan development to proceed quickly, but what we do not want is development that has not been subjected to planning discussions with our stakeholders.” Additional consultations with project-affected stakeholders will take place prior to construction, and the outcomes of the virtual and in-person consultations will be posted on the MWSS website at various stages of the BBWSP Stage 3 developments.
Norzagaray Mayor Alfredo Germar, Vice Mayor Rogelio P. Santos, Jr., members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Councilors, and barangay captains attended the consultation meeting. They unanimously agreed to support and endorse the project to help residents who do not have access to safe drinking water.