Springs and other water sources are managed and protected by the community through free labor (garates). Some barangays have installed water systems by constructing water tanks pipes. The pipes are usually suspended on air attached to steel wires due to rugged terrain. From the spring, water is directed to the main tank through a transmission pipe. Distribution tanks are also constructed near the group of households where distribution pipes are constructed. Waterworks Associations are formed to maintain and operate the water system. Maintenance tasks include cleaning surroundings of water source, repairs of tanks and pipelines and planting of trees. These activities are the same with communal irrigation systems present in the area.
As protection measures, local ordinances were passed to penalized individuals who vandalize, steal or destruct the flow of water. In addition, waterworks and irrigation associations have drafted policies and procedures for the effective management and protection of water resources.