Dasmariñas Water District envisions itself an economically viable, sustainable and gender-responsive water agency that will provide adequate, safe, potable and affordable water to all residents of the City of Dasmariñas, Cavite.
We will provide gender-responsive, comprehensive and balanced personnel system and programs designed to promote gender equality within and outside the organization, uplift morale and promote integrity, efficiency and gender-responsiveness in the implementation of its water related -programs.
We are committed to instill public awareness regarding water resources protection and water conservation so as to improve the quality and quantity of water which affects our health and livelihood.
We are tasked to undertake comprehensive pipeline connections and rehabilitations, extensive metering and monitoring of its facilities and vigorous campaign against water pilferages.
These undertakings are best achieved through sound and prudent financial management and competent manpower.
Thus, it is imperative to motivate our workforce to attain highest degree of professionalism with a sense of dedication in providing a better public service to the people of the City of Dasmariñas, Cavite.
The Dasmariñas Water District was created by virtue of Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 09-79 dated March 18, 1979. In pursuant to Presidential Decree (P.D.) 198 otherwise known as the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973 and upon completion of all the requirements in converting the same to a Local Water District (LWD), the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), the government agency tasked to regulate the operation of the Local Water Districts (LWDs), granted the Conditional Certificate of Conformance (COC) No. 083 dated May 29, 1979 in recognition of its having taken very significant and necessary steps and substantial commitment to improve the domestic water service to the public.
The then Mayor Narciso M. Guevarra turned over the town’s water system to the newly created water district. There was not much of a legacy so to speak – no office, no staff, no funds, not even an old wrench to start with. But, there were plenty of rusted pipelines, leakages and a population in need of a better service.
When the Dasmariñas Water District started its operation, there were initially five personnel including the General Manager. Three (3) of them were female and two (2) were male. After a year in 1980, things got a little better. With an approved loan of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P150,000.00), the District availed of P120,000 for their metering program, repair leakages, and for the purchase of office supplies.
The efforts of the DWD gained recognition when it bagged the award for the “Most Outstanding Neophyte Water District in Luzon” at the Water District Forum held at Cebu City in 1980.
In 1982, DWD was again recognized as “Most Outstanding Water District – Small Category” because it has increased its service connection from 400 to 600 concessionaires and has lengthened the number of hours of water ration from two (2) hours to six (6) hours.
The first pumping station located in Brgy. San Agustin was completed on December 1983. Since then, more pumping stations were built in order to effectively serve the growing number of concessionaires.
Since the District envisions itself as economically viable and sustainable water agency, more awards were given to honor its exceptional public service. Some of the Awards were the following: 1981-Most Outstanding (First Place, Small Category), 1983-Most Outstanding (Sixth place, Small Category), 1984– Most Outstanding (Fifth place, Medium Category), 1984 – Most Effective Operation Practice (Second Place), 1985 – Most Outstanding (Second Place, Medium Category), 1990 – Godfather Large Category 1992, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Most Outstanding Water District Very Large Category.
The Municipal government has been very supportive of DWD. It requires all subdivision developers to coordinate first with the District prior to the construction of their water system. It also requires all developers to turn over their water system to DWD.
In 1988, with the assistance of the local government officials, the National Housing Authority (NHA) turned over the Dasmariñas Bagong Bayan Water Service Cooperative or DABBWASCO, a private water utility, to the DWD. It had given 4,800 active connections, 1 ground reservoir, 18 pumping stations and other facilities.
April 1995, when NHA transferred to DWD its Paliparan Water System and Service Projects like water lines, five (5) deepwells with submersible pumps, five (5) 60,000 gallon capacity water tanks and other facilities amounting to Thirty Four Million Pesos (P34,000,000.00)
In June 1997, the DWD Water Laboratory was created. Its primary function is to closely monitor the quality of water sources / deep wells in the District’s area of coverage.
By the year 1999, the Department of Health issued a license (Accreditation No. 114) to Dasmarinas Water District Laboratory Section to operate as a water testing laboratory. Since the accreditation, DWD started accepting samples from different water districts within Cavite. DWD also accept samples from private companies such as FCIE, EPZA and private subdivisions.
In 2002, the Department of Health has coordinated with the DWD and the Municipal Health Office of Dasmariñas to conduct a pilot test surveying water quality in Dasmariñas and Carmona. So far, we are monitoring all water refilling stations and private deepwells as part of the survey.
Presently, the DWD has three offices; the main in Poblacion, Dasmariñas Bagong Bayan and Paliparan; and one collection center: Salawag Collection Center. DWD relies on groundwater operating 112 operational deepwells producing more than 1 m3/s complete with water treatment, standby generators and some variable frequency drives (VFD) on select pump stations. DWD has about one hundred twenty thousand one hundred eighty-eight (120,188) water service connections. DWD Water Laboratory performs physical / chemical examination and microbiological examination following the standards of the Department of Health and the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water 2007.
DWD has started its GAD Mainstreaming efforts in pursuant to Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women in the year 2014. It has formulated policies on Gender and Equality in its programs, projects and activities (PAPs).