La Mesa Dam water level, lowest in 21 years—PAGASA
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Water level in La Mesa Dam has reached 68.74 meters according to the report of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday, making it the lowest in 21 years.
It breached the recorded lowest level of 68.75 meters in 1998.
PAGASA also reported a decrease in the water levels of other dams including Angat dam at 199.63 meters, Binga dam at 572.24 meters, and San Roque dam at 264.79 meters.
Meanwhle, dams with increased water levels include Ipo dam at 101.06 meters, Ambuklao dam at 749.21 meters and Caliraya dam at 287.61 meters.
PAGASA estimated that severe drought might continue until June.
“Recent conditions suggest that this phenomenon will likely to continue until the April-May-June 2019 season and that varying impacts are now occurring in most areas of the country,” according to their statement—Aileen Cerrudo
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Despite consecutive days of rain, state weather bureau PAGASA said it is not time yet to declare the onset of the rainy season.
PAGASA explained it is expecting the arrival of the southwest monsoon or habagat in the second week of June.
That is the time when PAGASA most likely will declare the official start of the rainy season.
“Itong mga pag-ulan natin sa hapon hanggang sa madaling araw indikasyon naman ito na papalapit na talaga tayo sa tagulan o yung tinatawag na transition period or yung pagitan ng tagaraw at saka tagulan,” PAGASA Weather Specialist Benezon Estareja said.
(These afternoon rain showers up to early dawn are indications that we are nearing the rainy season. We are in what we call the transition period or the season in between dry and rainy seasons.)
In line with this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started de-clogging esteros to prevent extreme flooding in major cities in Metro Manila.
Aside from the drainage along East Avenue in Quezon City, the MMDA also checked on drainage along Araneta Avenue which heavily submerges in floodwater every time the San Juan river overflows its banks.
“Kasama iyan sa World Bank Project, iyong construction ng dike diyan tapos construction ng additional pumping stations,” explained MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office Director Baltazar Melgar.
Baltazar assured that all 62 pumping stations in Metro Manila are set to drain floodwater when heavy rains pour.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), meanwhile, is also preparing programs to assist farmers who will be affected by the rainy season.
“Naka-preposition na ang mga binhi natin (at) ready for release. In fact, ang iba (ay) naka-release na nga ng mga binhi,” Secretary Manny Piñol said.
According to the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), around 200,000 hectares of farmland in the country await cropping season in June which is expected to increase further to 800,000 hectares in the coming months. —(with details from Rey Pelayo) Marje Pelayo
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
The Manila Water Co. announced on Thursday that 20 villages in Quezon City will experience temporary water service interruptions as it undertakes emergency leak repairs.
In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, Manila Water said the joint leak repair and pipe interconnection/relocation at the Elliptical Road in Quezon City was due to an accidental breakage on a major pipeline caused by one of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) contractors.
“Due to an accidental breakage caused by a DPWH contractor, damaging our major pipeline at Elliptical Road corner Commonwealth Avenue (northbound) in Quezon City, Manila Water is currently undertaking emergency leak repairs which will result in temporary water service interruption,” the advisory read.
The water distributor said the repair works is expected to be completed on May 24 (Friday) at 6 a.m.
Affected villages are listed below:
Old Capitol Site
Teachers Village East
Teachers Village West
The Manila Water said the water service interruption will affect 242,000 people in 44,056 households, commercial and business establishments.
“The interconnection of the new 900mm relocated pipeline at Elliptical Road corner North Avenue, which was previously planned for May 24 to 25, will also be undertaken at the same time to minimize impact to the affected customers,” it added.
The Manila Water advised affected residents to store enough water as some of these areas may still experience service interruptions even after the restoration “due to the still-limited raw water supply.”
by Maris Federez | Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Manila Water customers who had been affected by the water crisis in March will start receiving their rebates.
The rebates for the more than 100,000 affected customers will be reflected in the June water bill.
Based on the announcement made by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), all residents who had been affected by the crisis will receive 153.93 rebates for the 10 cubic meters of their water consumption in the month of May.
Residents in the severely affected areas who had been rendered waterless 24/7 from March 6 to 31 will be given additional 2,196.94 rebates.
In case the rebate is higher than the actual consumption, the remaining value will be applied to the next month’s water bill, or will be deducted to the previous month’s unpaid bill.
MWSS chief regulator, Atty Patrick Ty said, “the entire 534 million yun po babalik yan lahat sa publiko wala pong maiiwan o walang mapupunta sa MWSS [the entire 534 Million will be returned to the public. Nothing will be left or go to the MWSS].”
Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla, on the other hand, said, “susundin natin yun. Kaya ngayon yung rebate para sa customers amounting to 534M, we will coordinate with the regulatory office in terms of implementing yung mga mechanics at guidelines [We will abide by it. The rebates for the customers amounting to 534M will be coordinated with the regulatory office in terms of the implementation of the mechanics and guidelines].”
Customers who will receive rebates from Manila Water are from Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Quezon City and several towns from Rizal.
The Water Bill Waiver Program is part of the 1.13 Billion-peso fines that was meted out on Manila Water due to its failure to supply water to its customers.
The MWSS also ordered Manila Water to put up a new facility for its water source development measures that cost 600 Million pesos.
This will prevent the incident from happening again and to allow Manila Water to come up with an alternative source of water supply.
Meanwhile, the MWSS has also issued a Notice of Service Obligation Failure to Maynilad Water Services (Maynilad) for the mounting complaints on its services.
Atty. Ty said the 15 days they gave to Maynilad for it to address its water supply problem had already lapsed.
The water regulatory board is giving Maynilad five days to refute the notice and state why they should not be meted out penalties.
Most of the complaints that the MWSS received against Maynila had come from Las Pinas, Muntinlupa and Cavite customers.
Maynilad, in a statement, insisted that the penalty has no basis. It also belied reports that its customers had experienced water interruption for 15 days.
The water company insisted that only 12 percent of its customers had experienced water supply interruption and the agency had adopted measures of rationing water in the affected areas. (with reports from Joan Nano) /mbmf
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