Our Background

The Kabankalan Water District (KWD) was formed on April 23, 1977 by the virtue of Resolution No. 27, passed by the Local Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) to cover the entire municipality of Kabankalan. The resolution was filed with LWUA on May 20, 1977. With its creation, the KWD took over the ownership and management of the waterworks system from the municipal government in accordance with the Presidential Decree no. 198 as amended, also known as the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973. The system facilities were officially turned over to the water district on November 1, 1977. On January 30, 1978, a Conditional Certificate of Conformance (CCC) was issued to KWD by LWUA.

The KWD is an autonomous Government Owned and Controlled Corporation which is politically independent from the local government. As constituted, the district is subject to the provisions of P.D. 198 and to the rules and regulation of LWUA. The KWD can promulgate its own operational laws through its five members of the Board, which in turn appoints a General Manager to manage the water district. The KWD was formed for the purpose of acquiring, improving, maintaining and operating the water supply system as well as any future wastewater collection and disposal facilities that the district may have to add to the system. To realize this objective, the KWD can avail of LWUA’s financial and technical assistance. Presidential Decree No. 198, however stipulates that water district should ultimately operate on a financially self sufficient basis.

Past, Present and Future Organization

Kabankalan Water District (KWD) started operating its system with the financial aid from the local government using its Balicaocao Spring and Corner Rizal-Tayum Street Pump Stations catering at least 400 service connections. Along the years, in continued operating its small system, until one day, the Honorable Mayor Isidro P. Zayco helped to upgrade the system itself. He requested LWUA to take over the management and implement rehabilitation of Kabankalan Water District. LWUA sent its technical men and advisor to improve the system of KWD and granted loans to augments its financial needs. It drilled three (3) wells and abandoned two (2) old wells in the process. Presently, KWD is now managed by Engr. Ricardo M. Regalia, Jr. as supported by the following Board of Directors: Mr. Demetrio Miguel D. Ruiz – Chairman, Rev. Noe H. Abello – Vice Chairman, Engr. Ma. Junalin A. Gargantiel – Treasurer, Engr. Serafin A. Jandoquile, Jr. – Secretary and Mrs. Amie G. Canlas – Auditor. The office is divided in three divisions, Administrative, Commercial and Operations.



The existing water system of KWD was originally constructed in 1935 to serve the southern portion of the City proper on the side of Ilog River. The Basak Spring or Balicao-cao Resort still served as the source of supply to 443 cu. m. ground level reinforced concrete reservoir. As of 2005 Filtration Gallery was constructed for sedimentation, coagulation and flocculation process with 800 cu. m. concrete reservoir for embankment and distribution. The two Deepwells, Buri and Relocation Pumping Station stills operating for boosting and additional water supply. All pump stations have stand-by diesel generating sets to provide power during service brownouts and/or outages.


There are approximately 8.09 kms. of transmission and 21.88 kms. of distributions main existing in the Kabankalan Water District. The transmission mains consist primary of 3.02 kms. of 75 mm cast iron pipe from the Basak Spring to the reservoir, 2.70 kms. of 125 mm cast iron pipe from the reservoir to the poblacion and from Filtration Gallery, 5.39 kms. of 150 mm uPVC pipe to the poblacion.

The distribution mains consist of 600 lineal meter of 125 mm and 4. 23 kms. of 100 cast iron pipe which are part of the original system. About 1.23 kms. of cast iron pipe were rehabilitate to 100 mm uPVC pipe as of 2012. In addition, the 3.4 kms. of asbestos cement pipe were also rehabilitated as of 2010. The 13 kms. uPVC Pipes 100 mm and 3.2 kms. uPVC Pipe 75 mm and 15 .5 kms. P. E. Pipe and uPVC Pipe 63 mm were installed lately 1994 to 2014.