This study makes suggestions for controlling the excessive abstraction of groundwater in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. It finds strong evidence that the area’s aquifers are being overexploited. It also finds a strong willingness to pay for water supply among the area’s businesses. It advises that a tradable permit system for water abstraction would be an effective way to conserve groundwater. This approach could also generate money for conserving water catchment areas. However, the report also finds that major reforms in the national water monitoring and licensing authority would be necessary to ensure the success of any such scheme.
Metering and A Water Permits Scheme for Groundwater Use in Cagayan de Oro