I received a comment on my previous blogpost, ‘My Hometown Pio V. Corpus: POLITICS GONE WRONG’. The comment writer, presumably, is a fellow citizen in my hometown Pio V. Corpus, a kababayan. He calls me ‘Bai’ which means ‘friend’ in Bisayan dialect. His comment is in a form of question and not directly related to my blogpost. He asked about the pros and cons regarding the use of ram pump to assist water distribution in my town. Here he goes:
What would be the pros and cons of using a ram pump or a glockeman pump to assist water distribution of the manaay spring to poblacion Pio V. Corpus?
And here is my answer:
If you think installing ram pumps at the Manaay reservoir to assist water distribution to poblacion would solve the water supply shortage of the town – then, from an engineering point of view, you are wrong. But before I will tell you the how’s and why’s, here’s a little backgrounder of the Manaay reservoir.
The Manaay reservoir is small concrete catchmenttank built at the downstream side of Sitio Manaay spring. It collects and stores water from the spring and conveys it to the town’s water distribution system via a single 6” pipeline spanning between Manaay and Poblacion more than two kilometers in length. The spring is an abundant source of drinking water that it could supply at least three towns the size of poblacion Pio V. Corpus. The volume of water delivered by the spring is so huge that only a fraction of the spring’s output is necessary to fill the catchment tank. The spring is situated at the forested area at the hills of sitio Manaay about 2 kilometers south of poblacion. By virtue of its elevation, about 50 meters[for verification] above sea level, the reservoir has a built-in source of potential energy more than enough for distribution. No further pumping is necessary as gravity alone would be sufficient to do the job.