Duque assures enough water supply in hospitals amid shortage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 14, 2019   •   1549

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)

Duterte may impose drastic actions vs Maynilad, Manila Water if water shortage worsens – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has warned to take up drastic actions against water concessionaires in Metro Manila if water shortage worsens, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the lack of action on the part of Maynilad and Manila Water may be a factor in the measures that the president may take on the problem.

These measures, according to Panelo, may include revocation of contracts to operate, and to make water concessionaires “accountable” if they are found at fault in the situation.

“I supposed the fact that they have not undertaken corrective measures that will prevent the evolution of the incoming crisis again would be a factor that would make the president decide on drastic action against them” he told reporters.

Water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water have scheduled rotational water service disruptions starting last Oct. 24 to manage the supply from the main water supplier for Metro Manila, Angat Dam.

The water disruption lasts between four to ten hours for Manila Water consumers, and eight to 18 hours for Maynilad customers.

Water utility firms have explained it implemented rotational supply cuts to avoid a bigger problem with water supply next year.

“Kung magpapatuloy tayo na ibibigay natin yung parehong service level at hindi tayo magpapatupad ng water interruptions mas madaling bababa yung level ng Angat,” Manila Water spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.

Based on the monitoring of state weather bureau, as of 6 a.m. Oct. 28, the water level at Angat dam is at 185.28 meters, slightly lower than the 185.41 meters recorded on Oct. 27.

There are only five meters left before it dips to its minimum operating level of 180 meters. The dam’s water elevation has consistently declined in the past few weeks due to lack of heavy rainfall that could raise its reserves.

Manila Water has expressed support for the planned construction of Kaliwa Dam which is seen to help allocate additional 600 million liters of water per day to Metro Manila.

“Itong Kaliwa Dam is something that we welcome, in fact, hindi lamang Kaliwa dam any other source of water na pwedeng mapagkunan ng additional sources of water supply for the next years,” Sevilla said.

However, the project construction has yet to start as the government is still in the process of reviewing its plan after receiving complaints regarding its implementation.

The Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System is looking at the Wawa Calawis project and the East Bay Water Supply project to improve the water supply in Metro Manila.

The Wawa Calawis project is seen to ensure water security in the metropolis as it can deliver 80 million liters per day, while the East Bay Water Supply project may be able to supply 50 million liters per day.

But these projects may become operational by 2022.

While waiting for completion, consumers in Metro Manila are urged to conserve water to manage the current supply from Angat dam and avoid a bigger problem during dry season next year. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Water-intensive facilities get enterprising amid water service interruptions

Maris Federez   •   October 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The rotational water service interruptions scheduled by water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, had started in several areas in Metro Manila, Cavite and Bulacan at dawn on Thursday (October 24).

Maynilad and Manila Water adopted the said measure following the continuing decrease of the water level in Angat Dam.

Read: Maynilad warns of possible water service interruption in coming days

Alongside the residents stocking water for their daily use, owners of water-intensive facilities, such as laundromats and car wash centers, get enterprising to go on business as usual.

Laundry shop crewmembers say water service interruptions create big impact on their business as they need to adjust their operating hours in cases when their stored water in their water tanks would not suffice.

“Halimbawa nung nakaraan ang tubig bumalik siya ng alas tres na ng hapon, so off kami sa umaga tapos mag-oopen kami alas tres na or dos na ang opening namin” Nida Dagtan, a laundryshop staff said.

She also said water service interruptions affect their salaries as daily income wagers, particularly when they have to close their shop earlier than the usual time.

A carwash shop owner, meanwhile, said they have to store water in every way and containers they can so as not to have shortage during business hours, to the extent of securing rainwater catchments.

“Nagsasahod kami sa ulan para dun sa mga lower parts ng sasakyan dun namin ginagamit para makatipid kami ng tubig,” said Regie Echano, a carwash shop owner.

He added that on average, they can service 40 vehicles a day that’s why it is imperative that they have enough stored water.

Water refilling stations, on the other hand, would store water in two large tanks to ensure that they can service their clients even with the shortage.

“Pinupuno na po namin yung tangke para kapag walang tubig, may handa kami. May pambigay sa customer,” said Welmer Estanel, a water refilling station crew.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB), however, advised the public to store water just enough to get by during the hours when the water supply is stalled.

This is so that Maynilad and Manila Water will not run low of water supply very quickly that would result in longer hours of water service interruption.

Based on Maynilad advisory, the areas they cover will experience around 8 to 18 hours of no water services; while Manila Water’s scheduled water interruption in the areas they cover will happen for four to eight hours.  (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Rotational water interruption to begin on October 24

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

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Water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, will implement rotational water interruptions beginning on Thursday (October 24) due to the low water level at Angat Dam.

As of 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday (October 23), the water level at Angat Dam dropped from 186.46 on Tuesday (October 22) meters to 186.22 m.

The water concessionaires already announced the areas which will be affected by the rotational water interruption on their official Facebook page.

According to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Chairman Reynaldo Velasco, they want to avoid the water crisis that happened in the previous months.

“Baka wala tayong tubig sa summer kapag hindi nagdagdagan iyong Angat Dam, so parang iyong measure is to lengthen the capacity of Angat to be able to supply until summer ulit and then hoping next year wala nang El Niño (We might not have water supply in the summer if the water level in Angat Dam does not improve. So the measure is to lengthen the capacity of Angat to be able to supply water until the summer. Hopefully, next year there will be no more El Niño),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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