Published December 23, 2021 8:24am

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The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) on Thursday said it would take until next year to fully restore the water supply in areas affected by Typhoon Odette.advertisement

Interviewed on GMA News’ Unang Balita, LWUA corporate board secretary and Task Force Odette head Abner Malabanan said they are still assessing the damage at the ground level.

“Sa tingin ko po next year pa ‘yan [I think it would take until next year],” Malabanan said when asked on when water supply in the typhoon-hit areas would be back to normal.

According to Malabanan, power outage is hindering efforts to fix the water supply. In areas with generators, the supply of diesel is depleting while its price is increasing, he said.

Malabanan said even the teams they sent to the affected areas are saying they have not taken a bath in four days due to the water supply problem.

The LWUA earlier said it would send a mobile water treatment facility to provide drinkable water in areas affected by the typhoon. Malabanan said the equipment would be brought to Butuan City.

According to Malabanan, the treatment facility can clean water from different sources. The treated water can then be delivered to other areas with supply problems. —KBK, GMA News