Manila Water rotational service interruptions to start Tuesday night

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2019   •   3869

MANILA, Philippines – East zone concessionaire Manila Water Co. announced it will implement rotational water service interruptions beginning Tuesday night.

In a Facebook post, the Manila Water said the entire Metro Manila east zone will experience service interruption for about eight to 12 hours during night time.

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Posted by Manila Water on Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The water company said the move is a result of the reduced water allocation of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) for the Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System (MWSS) as the Angat Dam water level continues to decline.

READ: NWRB set to reduce allocation to water concessionaires

The NWRB earlier said the technical working group has proposed to reduce the allocation from 46 cubic meters per second (cms) to 40 cms from June 19 to 21.

This is to fine tune the preparation of the Low-Level Outlet (LLO) as a back-up water discharge and to lessen the effect of limited water supply in the coming days before the Angat dam breaches the critical level of 160 meters.

According to Manila Water, the reduced allocation will affect the supply going to its treatment plants.

“We are therefore constrained to implement a new scheme of rotational water service interruptions for the entire East Zone for about 8 to 12 hours during night time,” the company said.

In a separate interview, Manila Water communications planning and tactical development manager Dittie Galang said consumers should brace for longer service disruption because the water allocation is seen to be reduced further if there is no significant inflow in Angat dam in the coming days.

“We are looking at window of 4 to 17 hours water service interruptions per day,” Galang said.

The Manila Water said schedules of water interruptions per area will be released as soon as possible.

“We will continue to provide regular updates regarding the water supply outlook for the East Zone,” it said.

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc., meanwhile, advised its consumers to store enough water in preparation for longer hours of service interruption.

“Of the 70 percent, 20 percent po dito ‘yung severely affected. Meaning. posibleng hanggang 8 hours lamang sila may tubig sa maghapon at yung remaining 50 percent po ay 9 hours to 16 hours lang yung supply window niya,” said Ronald Padua, head of Maynilad water supply operations.

Meanwhile, MWSS administrator Reynaldo Velasco reminded water concessionaires to strictly follow the water service interruption schedules provided to consumers to avoid facing backlash and penalties.

“Kung ano yung iprinomise nila na delivery, dapat maka-deliver sila on time. Hindi pwede ‘yung ito yung sinabi nila tapos mawawala ang tubig on that time,” said Velasco. (with details from Joan Nano)

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)

Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

NWRB increases water allocation for Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will increase the allocation of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 46 cubic meters per second (CMS) to 48 CMS starting Thursday (May 14) until the end of May.

The additional 2 CMS raw water allocation from Angat Dam is a special requirement to sustain the steady supply of water during the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) pandemic.

Likewise, the NWRB said it is to address the high demand of consumers in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces of Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite amid the relatively high heat index this month of May.

“NWRB reiterates to our people to continue their practice of responsible use and conservation of water to further secure our needs in the succeeding months and for the Angat Dam to recover to a more comfortable level by the end of the year,” appealed NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

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