Aguas Potables

The first potable water system in Baler, called Aguas Potables by the oldies, was the initiative of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon, again according to the senior citizens of Baler. The water source was the Digisit Falls (or Natulo Falls) more than 10 kilometers from the Poblacion. There was no water treatment facility at Digisit. Fresh water from the mountains are channeled from the top of the waterfalls through kilometers of large pipes straight to the houses of the town. The water, according to those who were lucky enough to sample them, was cold, fresh and sweet. Better than todays purified water courtesy of the ten water purifying stations in town. Natural disasters, old age and the emergence of free flowing wells rendered the water system obsolete during the early 80’s and the pipes slowly disappeared or migrated to the junk shops. Some sections of the pipes are still visible and the water source still produces the same cold, fresh and sweet water although in much smaller quantities. Some private resorts along the Digisit area still get their water supply from the waterfalls using newer but smaller pipes. The picture above, taken last May, shows two pipes coming from the watersource; the original 1940’s pipe on the left and a newer one on the right.

 

The pipes – the lower the older.

A leak in the old pipe shows the natural pressure of the water.

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Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

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