The Jose Panganiban Water District has been operating as public utility since it was formed pursuant to Municipal Board Resolutions NO. 160-98 dated December 27, 1998. The Municipality of Jose Panganiban, through its Mayor, Honorable Roger S. Padilla, ceded, transferred, conveyed and turned-over in favor of the Jose Panganiban Water District all existing physical facilities of the Municipal Water System. The value of the facilities now represents the Government Equity of the water district.

Jose Panganiban Water District (JPWD) is a Government Owned and Controlled Corporation that operates on the powers and authority conferred to it by Presidential Decree 198, otherwise known as the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973, as amended by PD 768 and PD 1479. It is categorized as “Category D” with total service connections of 3,791 of which 2,869 are active. Its Conditional Certificate CCC No. 575 was issued on July 4, 2001 by Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), qualifying it to technical and financial assistance for the expansion of water facilities.

As Public Utility, water districts are formed for the following purposes:

  • Acquiring, installing, improving, maintaining and operating water supply and distribution system for domestic, industrial, municipal and agricultural uses for residents and lands within the boundaries of such districts;
  • Providing, maintaining and operating wastewater collection, treatment and disposal facilities, and
  • Conducting such other functions and operations incidental to water resource development, utilization and disposal within such districts, as are necessary or incidental to said purpose.

The municipality of Jose Panganiban is located in the northern part of Camarines Norte province. It is about 360km southeast of Manila and 40 km from Daet, the capital of the province. It is bounded on the north by Mambulao Bay and Pacific Ocean, on the west by the municipalities of Capalonga and Labo, and on the east and south by Labo and Paracale. The municipality is composed of 27 barangays with a total land area of 21,440 hectares.

Uneven and steep hills characterize the general topography of the area. About 50% of the total land area is cultivated by palay, coconut, banana, abaca and rootcrops. Flood prone coastal villages that are mainly affected by tidal fluctuations.

The soil is generally lateric clay believed to be a combination of Alaminos and Luisiana Clay series.

Jose Panganiban falls under the second type (Type II) climate characterized by a rainy season from June to December and dry season from January to May. The average annual rainfall was recorded at 259.5 millimeter with the highest occurrence in December at 1007.7millimeter while the lowest was in June with 50.0millimeter.

There is an identified recorded inactive thrust fault on both sides of Mabulao Bay up to the shores of Larap and connected to Calero, Parang, Motherlode and part of Sta Rosa Sur. Jose Panganiban is a mining area and has a rich deposit of gold, silver and iron.

The Poblacion and adjacent barangays have a level III water supply system under the management of the Jose Panganiban Water District. The water district is serving fourteen (14) barangays in the municipality. The unserved barangays in the municipality rely on handpump and spring sources for their drinking water.

The water system of Jose Panganiban Water District (JPWD) includes surface water and groundwater (through wells) as water source. It also consists of treatment facilities, pumping facilities, reservoir, pipelines and service connections. It was constructed in 1953 with the concrete intake structure (Paltic Dam) along Paltic Creek, a reservoir, pipelines and service connections as its original facilities. A series of rehabilitation projects had been implemented in Jose Panganiban consisting of source development (well drilling and construction of surface water source), provision of electromechanical facilities, pipeline extension to adjacent barangays and installation of additional service connections.

Paltic Dam is provided with conventional treatment facilities (sedimentation and slow sand filters) to address the water quality problem of the Paltic Creek (turbidity and iron content). However, during heavy downpours of rain, the treatment facilities cannot handle the high turbidity problem and has to stop the operation. A hypo chlorinator is provided in the clear water storage tank to ensure safety of water.

The Pumping Station 1, Pumping Station 2, Pumping Station 3 and PS4 are provided with a compact type iron removal facilities to address the high iron content of water. Backwashing operation was conducted once high head loss is observed along the filters. All pumping stations are equipped with hypo chlorinators to ensure safety of water.

The water from Paltic dam passes thru the surface water treatment plant then flow by gravity to the water system.

San Antonio Dam also passes thru a rapid sand filtration system and flow by gravity to the water system. San Antonio Dam is designed to serve three barangays namely Bagumbayan, Osmena and Luklukan Norte.

The four pumping stations namely PS1 to PS4 pump directly to the water system. These pumping stations are all equipped with a compact type filtration system to address the water quality problem (high iron content).

Two booster pumps were placed with the system to increase pressure of water to Brgy. Larap, Sta.Milagrosa, Calero and Nakalaya.

Because of the low elevation of reservoir in Brgy.Plaridel, the tank was not allowed to operate continuously and a valving scheme has been introduced. The reservoir is designed to be filled by the Paltic Dam and released to the system during peak hours. The Larap reservoir was operated on a fill and draw basis to meet mostly the water demand of Brgy.Larap.The operation and maintenance work on the water system facilities includes repair of pipe leakage, connection and disconnection of service lines, billing and collection.

Jose Panganiban Water District is under the managerial supervision of Mr. Eduardo C. Campita, the General Manager. Its total personnel complement is composed of one (1) coterminous employee, twenty two (22) regular employees, one (1) casual employee, and ten (10) job orders. This includes cashiers, billing clerks, pump operators, water collector, and plumbers.

It is also compose of Board of Directors, which has   represented various organizations. The former Chairman of the Board in the name of Mrs. Priscilla G. Mariano, representing the education sector was substituted by Engr. Carlo S. Maranan with its board member Mrs. Isabel C. Gamil, representing the professional sector, Mrs. Salud Eclarinal, women’s sector and Raymundo P. Rodelas, representing the civic sector.

The concessionaires are charged for a minimum   consumption of 10 cubic meter based on the following water rates approved by LWUA; domestic/ government P230.00Commercial/individual P460.00, commercial A P402.50, Commercial B 345.00 and Commercial C P287.50.

JPWD is a public utility authorized and mandated to deliver or provide water services to the municipality of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte.