Angat Dam water level continues to drop

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019   •   432

The water level at Angat Dam continues to drop from 186.23 meters on Wednesday (October 23) to 185.87m as of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (October 24).

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Due to this, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is aiming to cut water allocations. According to NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr., they want to manage the water supply in case the water level will not reach 212 meters by the end of the year.

“In order to manage iyong supply ngayon just in case na hindi ganoon ka-favorable iyong mga rainfall na darating sa Angat watershed (In order to manage the current supply in case there will be no favorable rainfall at Angat watershed),” he said.

According to PAGASA, rainfalls are still expected in Angat Dam area before the end of the year.

“Pagpasok ng November may mga dalawang bagyo tayong inaasahan diyan (By November, we are expecting two more typhoons),” weather specialist Edgar dela Cruz said.

The NWRB said they plan to conduct cloud seeding operation but that will only slightly increase the water level at Angat Dam.

Meanwhile, the NWRB will launch a campaign for responsible water consumption by November.—AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

NWRB reduces water allocation for Metro Manila as Angat Dam water level drops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2020

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has reduced water allocation for Metro Manila due to the continuous drop in Angat Dam’s water level.

“Continuous iyong decline ng level ng Angat Dam, and iyong mga rainfall na supposedly padating o inaasahang dumating nung July and August ay hindi na-realized based sa projection ng PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) so halos wala pa atang kalahati,” said NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr.

From the previous 48 cubic meter per second (cms), allocation will be reduced to 46 cms. David assured that this is still enough to address demand.

As of September 11 at 6:00 a.m., water level in Angat Dam was at 178.01 meters. Its minimum operating level is at 180 meters

Based on the September 11 update of PAGASA, the water level in Angat Dam went down to 178.01 meters, which is almost two meters below its minimum operating level of 180 meters. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Maynilad announces water supply interruption in 4 areas from September 17-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2020

Maynilad Water Services Inc. has announced that several areas in Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, and Cavite will experience weak water pressure or no water supply between 10:00 p.m. on September 17 and 7:00 a.m. of September 19.

Maynilad said they will temporarily close the Putatan Water Treatment Plant 1 in Muntinlupa City to conduct maintenance and upgrades for the said facility. The water concessionaire will also conduct several enhancement activities in the pipe network in Cavite.

Pansamantalang isasara ng Maynilad ang Putatan Water Treatment Plant 1 sa Muntinlupa City upang magsagawa ng maintenance…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Maynilad Water Supply Operations head Ronald Padua assured that water tanks will be available to supply water to affected residents.

“Makakakuha po sila ng tubig para sa pangangailangan nila sa mag-hapon at the same time kaya po ngayon pa lang ay nag-aanunsyo na kami para magkaroon ng pagkakataon mga customers namin na makapagipon,” he said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Publiko hinikayat na magpalinis ng septic tank upang makaiwas sa sakit

Marje Pelayo   •   July 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hinihikayat ng Maynilad Water Services ang mga customer nito na magpalinis ng kani-kanilang septic tank sa bahay upang makaiwas sa sakit na dulot ng naipong dumi dito. 

Ayon sa kumpanya, nakapakahalaga na mapanatiling malinis ang kapaligiran lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Binigyang diin ng Maynilad ang kahalagahan ng paglilinis ng septic tank isang beses kada limang taon.

“Ito po ay para mapanatili nating malinis ang ating kapaligiran at ang katubigan at maiwasan ang mga sakit tulad ng cholera, diarrhea, leptospirosis saka hepatitis,” pahayag ni John Aldrin Pangan, ang pangulo ng Septage Management Department ng Maynilad.

“Isa po ay para maiwasan rin natin na mag-overflow mga septic tank natin kasi nga puno na po ng sludge,” dagdag nito.

Mula nang pumasok ang buwan ng Hulyo, ibinalik na ng Maynilad ang desludging service nito kasabay ng pagluluwag ng quarantine restrictions sa Metro Manila at sa iba pang lugar.

Subalit maraming customers ang takot na magpaserbisyo sa pangambang magpapasok ng ibang tao sa kanilang bahay na maaring magdala ng virus.

Ngunit tiniyak naman ng Maynilad na nagpapatupad sila ng mahigipit na health and safety protocols sa kanilang mga empleyado na maglilinis ng septic tank. 

Kumpleto ang mga ito ng safety gear gaya ng facemask, face shield at gloves.

Regular din ang disinfection ng kanilang mga sapatos bago pumasok at lumabas ng bahay ng customer. 

Gayundin ay regular na nililinis ang hose at tanke na kanilang ginagamit upang makatiyak na walang nakakapit na virus. 

“Noon nag-resume po kami ng July, expected na po namin na mababa kaya po as much as possible gusto po namin maibalik,” ani Pangan. 

“Kaya po namin ginawa ang new normal protocols. Tinitiyak po namin na safe po magpalinis ng inyong septic tank,” dagdag nito.

Ayon sa Maynilad, walang babayaran ang mga customer na mapapalinis ng septic tank basta’t pasok ito sa schedule na isang beses sa loob ng limang taon.

Samantala, ang Manila Water naman ay hindi pa rin naibabalik ang kanilang disludging services sa mga customer mula nang ipairal ang enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Ito’y dahil hinhintay pa ng Manila Water ang clerance mula sa ilang lokal na pamahalaan.

Ang mga makokolektang waste material gaya ng solid waste ay dadalhin sa mga planta upang gawing fertilizer habang dadaan naman sa treatment ang tubig upang malinis at muling mapakinabangan. MNP (sa ulat ni Joan Nano)

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