The Escalante Water District is a creation of PD 198 otherwise known as the “Provincial Water Utility Act of 1973”.
The existing water system of then Municipal Government of Escalante was turned-over to EWD by virtue of a Municipal Council Resolution in 1981. The Langahag water spring was the only source of water supply for Escalante, particularly Brgy. Balintawak, the main service area of the District. The services was a bit impoverished due to a dilapidated water system facilities of 1939 vintage.
On July 16, 1981 after a careful evaluation, EWD qualified for the granting by LWUA of the Conditional Certificate of Conformance.
Sincere to its commitment, EWD started its journey to accomplish its coveted mission of providing safe and sufficient water supply to its consumers in a sustainable and affordable drinking water. Though the journey is a thousand miles however, to achieve it begins with its first step.
EWD was contemplating on priority development. Priority needs of the District are:
- Financing for expansion
- Rehabilitation of existing water system
- Reduction of non-revenue water
Sometime in 1991, a project funded by ADB through LWUA was implemented. Its components are:
- Development of Jonobjonob water spring
- Pipelaying from Jonobjonob to Brgy. Poblacion (Balintawak), the service area of the District and
- Rehabilitation of the existing reservoir
From then on, the service improved a little, but not enough to cope with the ever increasing number of consumers resulting from expansion and inevitable population growth.
Under the enabling Act, PD 198, EWD has five (5) members of the Board of Directors representing five (5) sectors as mandated, under PD 198as amended, namely: Professional, Civic, Women, Business and Education.
Water Districts are Government Owned and Controlled Corporation by virtue of the Supreme Court en banc decision on September 13, 1991. For this reason, water districts are not included in the General Appropriation Act, thereby excluding them from receiving any subsidy from the government. Their source of income comes from loans and grants and water revenues.
In 1996, EWD, through a Board Resolution, petitioned for financial assistance, the 1st Congressional District under the Honorable Congressman, Julio Ledesma IV. The district was granted financial assistance in the amount of One million (P1,000,000.00)Pesos intended for the construction of pump house and purchase of pump equipments. These transactions were all facilitated and coursed thru LWUA.