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Duque assures enough water supply in hospitals amid shortage

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Department of Health (DOH) secretary Francisco Duque III

Amid the water shortage, Department of Health (DOH) secretary Francisco Duque III assured that hospitals will still have enough water supply.

“The uninterruptible operations of our hospitals are our priority. We cannot compromise the health of our patients. Our hospitals depend on the water supply for the hygiene and sanitation of our patients,” Duque said during his rounds at the Rizal Medical Center on Wednesday morning.

According to Duque, the Manila Water has vowed to prioritize hospitals and schools.

“Starting towards the end of the week, we’ll be implementing a new scheme so that the attainment of that objective for this big hospital to have a water to refill their system will be on a daily basis already,” Manila Water group director Linda Quines said.

Due to the assurance of enough water supply, the head of Rizal Medical Center (RMC) said they will no longer their limit admission of patients.

“In fact this morning I already lifted the limiting because we are experiencing a lot of patients. Our bed capacity is only 300 and yet our admitted reached up to 400…we had to use our hallway facilities,” RMC Medical Center Chief Dr. Relito Saquilayan said.

They are also rationing water in wards.

Patients in the OB wards are also required to bring water to clean their babies.

“Mineral ang pinapanlinis kapag walang supply. Napakahirap po lalo na pag maglilinis ng baby,” Rachel Carabje, one of the mothers in the hospital, said.

Meanwhile, Sec. Duque will visit the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) to check the state of the patients there and if the facility have enough water supply.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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More water service interruptions as Angat Dam’s level remains below critical

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Water level in Angat Dam remains below the critical level on Monday (July 15) despite rainshowers in the past days.

As of 6:00 a.m., Angat Dam has 158.74 meters, still below the critical level of 160 meters and way below its normal operating level of 180 meters.

On its Facebook page, concessionaire Manila Water on Monday announced continuous implementation of rotational water interruptions due to the current state of Angat Dam.

“Ang mga service interruption na ito ay ginagawa para maipamahagi ang limitadong suplay ng tubig sa lahat ng aming mga customer, dahil nananatiling mas mababa ang alokasyon mula sa NWRB dala ng muling pagbaba ng antas ng Angat Dam,” Manila Water said on its post.

(This service interruptions aim to evenly distribute the limited supply of water to all our customers because allocation from NWRB remains low due to below critical level of water in Angat Dam.)

See Manila Water’s list of service interruptions here.

Meanwhile, Maynilad also said it was cutting water supply as it continues to fine-tune its distribution given the reduced raw water releases from Angat Dam.

“We encourage our affected customers to store enough water when supply is available,” Maynilad posted.

See Maynilad’s updated list of water service interruptions here.

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Angat Dam water level dips further below critical level

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

As of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (July 11), the water level in Angat Dam has dipped lower than the critical level at 159.93 meters.

This is lower compared to the 160.30 meters recorded on Wednesday (July 10).

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) reduced the amount of  water allocated to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 46 cubic meters per second (cms) to 36 cms.

Meanwhile, Maynilad and Manila Water continue to implement water service interruptions.—AAC

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DOH warns public of diseases from drinking contaminated water

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Due to frequent service interruptions, clients of Maynilad and Manila Water are depending on water rations to survive their daily need for water.

Households are making sure to store water which they can use when taps run out of water.

But the Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public to be very careful in using stored water as they may be contaminated.

The Health Department explained that bacteria may thrive in stored water usually in open containers and those that are not regularly cleaned.

Also, tap water may be contaminated from being stuck in the faucet during longer hours of service interruptions.

“Iyong mga organisms na galing sa surroundings, sa maduming water, sa soil pwedeng mapasok doon sa tubo kasi may leak (Organisms coming from the surroundings, from contaminated water, may enter the tap due to leak),” explained DOH-NCR Asst. Regional Director Paz Corrales.

“Siyempre darating ang tubig dadaan doon. Tayong mga household na mga consumers ng water ang siyang maaapektuhan (Water flows through it. The households will be the most affected),” she added.

The common types of water-borne diseases, according to DOH, are cholera, typhoid fever, and diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and death.

Thus, the DOH advises the public to maintain the cleanliness of surroundings and make it a habit to you’re your hands especially the children.

If in doubt, bring the tap water into boil to kill the bacteria.

Aqua tabs or chlorine tabs are also available and can be acquired for free in local health centers.

“The usual na pakuluan ang tubig na lumalabas pero ang pagpapakulo ay hindi iyong (basta) pinakulo mo na,papatayin mo na (dapat) 10 minutes (The usual is we boil tap water but it is not just mere boiling. It has to be at least 10 minutes boiling time),” explained Corrales.

The DOH also reminds the public to make sure that water containers are covered to prevent them from becoming breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

It would also help if we use water filters to separate and eliminate residues from the running water.

For nursing mothers, breastfeeding is also very important to strengthen the baby’s immune system.

“We really promote exclusive breastfeeding kasi sa breastfeeding, you get the most nutritious of the nutritious food. The very essential nutrients ay nandodoon (are present in it) to help you combat infection,” Corrales concluded. – with details from Aiko Miguel

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