Long queues, water recycling: How are Filipinos coping with water shortage?

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2019   •   2134

Residents stock up on water that they have painstakingly collected from roving water trucks.

Thousands of households in Mandaluyong City and other parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province being serviced by Manila Water, are still without water for almost a week now.

In a report on UNTV News and Rescue’s CNEWS by Joan Nano, residents and establishment owners in Barangka Drive have been complaining that their taps have remained dry since Thursday night (March 7), affecting their daily needs and operations.

They also lamented Manila Water’s alleged delayed distribution of water ration in their village, with some reporting that the first water tank only arrived around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday (March 12).

Naturally, a mob of residents carrying hordes of pails, large containers and drums swarmed the tank, swiftly depleting its contents.

While others returned home with drums full of fresh water, some who lined up last were left high and dry, causing squabbles to break out over the little water supply.

So, how are they coping with water shortage?

In order to survive, some residents have dug up their tried and tested water conservation techniques by recycling the water they used in taking a bath or washing their clothes and kitchen utensils to flush their toilets. Water used in washing uncooked rice is also being used to water the plants.

Others have started using disposable plates and utensils while some wrap their plates with plastic to eliminate any need to wash the plates after eating.

Manila Water has earlier assured it will deploy round-the-clock water tankers in areas hit by water service interruption. Water deliveries, however, will prioritize hospitals.  

Manila Water has earlier cited the critical water level of La Mesa Dam due to the effects of prevailing El Niño phenomenon as among the reasons of its currently limited water supply.

As of March 12 at 6 a.m., the water level of La Mesa dam was at 68.85 meters which is below its critical level of 69 meters above sea level, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Hydrology Division

To help address water shortage, Maynilad has agreed to share its supply with Manila Water.

According to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Maynilad will share at least 50 million liters per day to help fill Manila Water’s shortage of around 150 to 280 liters of water per day.

Maynilad services the western half of Metro Manila while Manila Water provides for the East Zone of Metro Manila and Rizal province.

Manila Water is also expected to activate its water treatment plant in Rizal this month to serve as another source to supply households.

The MWSS, however, clarified that the main source of water for Metro Manila is Angat Dam and La Mesa Dam is only a reserve should Angat dam water level drops.

Angat Dam water level is currently at 200 meters which is below its normal level of 210 meters.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has earlier assured there is enough water in Angat Dam for Metro Manila for the entire dry season. – Robie De Guzman

Read: La Mesa Dam needs a week of continuous rain to recover – PAGASA

Alamin ang deadline sa pagbabayad ng ‘ECQ Bills’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Unti-unti nang bumabalik ang operasyon ng mga negosyo at balik trabaho na rin ang karamihang manggagawa matapos ang ilang buwang pagkatigil ng paggawa dahil sa pandemya ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Subalit ang kinakaharap naman ngayon ng publiko ay ang kabi-kabilang bayarin sa tubig, kuryente, lisensya at iba nang hindi maputulan o mapatawan ng penalty. 

Hindi kailangang mag-alala dahil nagbigay ng palugit ang mga utility company at ahensya ng gobyerno para sa pagbabayad ng tinatawag na ‘ECQ bills’ o ang mga bayarin sa panahon ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Sa mga lifeline customer o mga kumukonsumo ng 10 cubic pababa, nagabiso ang Maynilad at Manila Water na maaring mabayaran ang bills hanggang August 31.

Ang non-lifeline customers naman o ang mga kmukonsumo ng mas mataas sa 10 cubic meters ay maari pang magbayad hanggang July 31.

Ang mga customer naman ng Meralco ay makatatanggap ng dalawang bill ngayong buwan: isang installment payment plan bill na naglalaman ng kunsumo sa panahon ng ECQ at ang regular na buwanang bill.

Kung ang konsumo ay 200 kilowatt hour pababa, maaring bayaran o hulugan ng hanggang anim na buwan ang ECQ bill simula June 15. 

Kung ang konsumo naman ay 201 kilowatt hour pataas ay maaring mabayaran ang ECQ bill hanggang apat na buwan. 

Samantala, sa mga nag-file ng 2019 income tax return (ITR) ay maaring makapagbayad hanggang June 15 lamang.

Paliwanag ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), kailangan ng pamahalaan ng pondo upang tustusan ang mga programa nito kontra COVID-19 kaya hindi na ito magbibigay ng palugit.

Ang mga naipong renta naman, maging commercial o residential, ay maaring hulugan sa loob ng anim na buwan base sa inilabas na guidelines ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Sa mga may lisensya at rehistro ng sasakyan na na-expire sa panahon ng ECQ, maaring mag-renew hanggang August 3 ng walang babayarang penalty, ayon sa paalala ng Land Transportation Office (LTO).

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Pinapayuhan lamang ang publiko na gawing online ang transaksyon nang hindi na magtungo pang personal sa mga opisina at makaiwas sa pagkahawa sa COVID-19. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

MWSS, nagtakda na ng deadline sa pagbabayad ng water bill

Robie de Guzman   •   May 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagtakda na ng deadline ang Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) para sa pagbabayad ng water bills na halos tatlong buwang naipon dahil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine.

Sa panayam ng UNTV program na Serbisyong Bayanihan ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty na mayroong hanggang Hulyo 31 para magbayad ng bill ang mga kumukonsumo ng 10 cubic meters pababa kada buwan.

Ang mga gumagamit naman ng tubig na mahigit sa 10 cubic meters kada buwan ay may palugit hanggang Agosto 31.

Pagpapauna ni Ty, asahan na ng mga consumer ang bahagyang pagtaas ng bill lalo’t panahon ngayon ng tag-init at marami ang nasa loob ng kani-kanilang mga tahanan kaya mataas ang konsumo sa tubig.

“Sana maintindihan natin, itong water bill na ito halos lahat sa mga consumer ay ito po yung water bill nila for March, April and May. During summer season din po ito, so mas mainit, mas madami ang consumption ng mga tao at alam natin since work from home halos lahat consumer,” aniya.

Nilinaw naman  ng opisyal na puwede namang utay-utayin ng mga consumer ang pagbabayad sa bill nila sa Manila Water at Maynilad.

Sinabi rin ni Ty na sa Hunyo 1 pa magsisimulang magbasa ng metro at maglalabas ng bill ang Maynilad at Manila Water.

Sa Agosto 1 naman sisimulan ng dalawang water concessionaires ang pamumutol sa serbisyo ng mga hindi makapagbabayad ng kanilang bill para sa mga kumu-konsumo ng 10 cubic meters pababa.

Setyembre 1 naman ang schedule ng service disconnection para sa mahigit 10 cubic meters ang konsumo bawat buwan.

Tiniyak naman ng MWSS na wala pa silang ipinatutupad na anumang adjustment sa singil ng tubig sa gitna ng umiiral na community quarantine.

“Importante sa atin na wala pong bills shock ayaw po natin na magulat ang ating mga consumers na bigla nalang lalaki ang kanilang water bill,” ani Ty. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

Maynilad, Manila Water assure enough water supply amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 11, 2020

Maynilad and Manila Water has assured the public they will be able to provide enough water supply amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

This is despite the continuous water level reduction in Angat Dam.

According to Maynilad Asst. Manager on Media Relations Grace Laxa, in order to keep providing enough water supply to their customers, they have to implement water service interruptions.

Mayroon tayong sapat na nirarasyon sa ating mga customers. Pero iyon nga mag-ipon sila sa oras na itinakda sa kanilang lugar, (We have enough water supply rationed to our customers. But they have to fill their supplies depending on the schedule in their area)” she said.

Meanwhile, Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said they will only implement water interruptions in the evenings in order for their customers to still be able to do household chores including disinfection.

“For most times of the day ay mayroon tayong tubig, (we have water)” he said.

The water concessionaires also advise the public not to hoard water supply which could cause more problems on top of the COVID-19 threat.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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