The Metro Carigara Water District, originally named as Carigara Metropolitan Water District, was created in January 25, 1983, by virtue of the resolutions passed by the respective municipal councils of the municipalities of Carigara, Barugo, Tunga and Capoocan, following the enactment of the Presidential Decree 198 (Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973) in September 1973 by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos to ensure that Filipinos in the countryside have access to safe and potable water.

The water system is generally aged, it being a little over half a century old counting from the year of its construction which was in 1958 under the operational control of the now defunct NAWASA (National Waterworks and Sewerage Authority), and has undergone major upgrading in the years 1997 and 2004, and consist of this key structures: a) concrete gravity dam or overflow weir, b) sedimentation basin and chlorination facility, c) spring box and chlorination facility d) transmission mains varying in sizes and materials, i.e. cast iron (CI), asbestos cement pipe (ACP), and uPVC or unplasticized polyvinyl chloride pipe, e) primary and secondary distribution lines made of CI, GI (galvanized iron, PE (polyethylene) and uPVC, and e) cistern and overhead tank (service reservoir).

MCWD now operates under the Conditional Certificate of Conformance (CCC) No. 246 issued by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) in August 5, 1983, and operated then as a private corporation, or more particularly, a “quasi-public corporation performing public service and supplying public wants” until the Supreme Court decided on the case of Davao City Water District, et. al., vs. CSC, et. al. on February 12, 1992, that local water districts are government-owned and controlled corporations.

MCWD has two river sources both located in Carigara, Leyte which right to use and development has been granted by the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) by virtue of Water Permit Nos. 17319 (Maulaug) and 19458 (Kabahian), respectively, and one spring located in Capoocan, Leyte. Of these three sources, only two are currently being used: a) Maulaug River and, b) Daraupay Spring, while the development and use of the third source, Kabahian River, is pending full implementation of the salintubig project obtained through LWUA.

MCWD supplies water for the municipalities of Barugo, Capoocan, Carigara and Tunga, which are all located in the northern part of Leyte. At present, it serves a total of 7,138 active concessionaires (as of December 2016), an estimated 46,844 population, in a total of 64 barangays.

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